Yanai Elbaz, a former real estate executive of Montreal’s McGill University Health Centre, was sentenced on Dec. 17 to 39 months in prison after his Nov. 26 guilty plea to charges related to a $7.42-million bribe. He took money from former executives of design-builder SNC-Lavalin to help it win the hospital’s $965-million construction project. But the court rejected a motion to allow the hospital access to $4.5 million in frozen assets in Elbaz’s Swiss bank account, saying the issue would have to be settled in civil action, according to the Globe & Mail newspaper.