After three weeks in jail, fallen style mogul Peter Nygard will battle for his freedom Wednesday morning as U.S. justice authorities search his extradition to face costs of intercourse trafficking and racketeering.
His 50-year-old enterprise empire in tatters amidst ongoing receivership proceedings, Nygard, 79, is going through prosecution within the U.S., accused of sexually abusing dozens of ladies and women over a interval of a long time.
A contested bail listening to is ready for 10 a.m. Nygard is not going to be bodily current in court docket and can seem by video hyperlink.
Few will have the ability to watch the listening to, which is able to happen in the one obtainable courtroom geared up for video appearances. As a result of social-distancing necessities just one reporter, a sketch artist and two Nygard supporters will likely be allowed to take a spot within the tiny court docket gallery.
Attorneys will likely be making their arguments by teleconference.
Nygard’s legal professionals are anticipated to request a ban prohibiting the publication of any listening to particulars aside from its consequence.
Below Canadian legislation, there are three grounds for opposing bail: that an accused is not going to seem in court docket when required; that an accused poses a hazard to the group; or that an accused particular person’s launch on bail will carry the justice system into disrepute.
Attorneys for the Lawyer Normal of Canada, appearing on behalf of U.S. justice officers, want solely fulfill a choose of 1 floor to dam Nygard’s launch.
Given Nygard’s monetary assets and worldwide connections, the lawyer common will probably argue he poses a really actual flight danger.
Cellphone data seized by justice authorities present as not too long ago as this previous June, Nygard “was contemplating the logistics of travelling below an alias,” alleges an RCMP affidavit filed in assist of extradition to the U.S.
“I consider Nygard presents a critical flight danger,” Sgt. Stefane Nicolas, a member of the drive’s Federal Severe and Organized Crime Unit, wrote within the affidavit.
In an interview final month, lawyer Jay Prober dismissed hypothesis his shopper would possibly flee the nation if launched.
“The place would he go? If he needed to go, he would have gone a very long time in the past,” Prober stated.
In keeping with an area authorized knowledgeable, Nygard may spend years combating extradition, one thing his legal professionals may argue in assist of his launch on bail.
“If he needs to avail himself of all of the appeals and judicial critiques, he may simply take years,” College of Manitoba legislation professor Gerard Kennedy informed the Free Press following Nygard’s arrest.
If Nygard is granted launch, it’ll virtually definitely embody a situation he give up his passport, and probably a requirement he put on an ankle monitor.
A nine-count indictment filed within the Southern District of New York spanning the years 1995 to 2020 alleges Nygard, enterprise associates and co-conspirators engaged in a “sample of prison conduct involving not less than dozens of victims in the USA, the Bahamas, and Canada, amongst different areas.”
Nygard is accused of raping and trafficking ladies and younger women for intercourse, focusing on victims from “deprived backgrounds” and with a “historical past of abuse.” He’s accused of silencing them with “threats, false guarantees of modelling alternatives” and “different coercive means.”
The allegations mirror these of greater than 50 ladies included in a class-action lawsuit filed towards Nygard in Manhattan final February.
Two ladies who allege they have been sexually assaulted by Nygard a long time in the past in Winnipeg say they’ve filed formal complaints with the Winnipeg Police Service. Neither Winnipeg police or Manitoba RCMP will affirm if he’s below investigation right here.
Somebody as soon as stated a journalist is only a reporter in a great swimsuit. Dean Pritchard doesn’t personal a great swimsuit. However he is aware of a great lawsuit.