Tuesday’s bail listening to within the Manitoba Courtroom for Peter Nygård, who’s going through costs of sexual misconduct within the U.S., resulted in adjournment till Jan. 19 and 20.
Dozens of girls have accused the self-made millionaire of various levels of sexual misconduct embrace rape and sexual assault over a 25-year interval. These alleged incidents have been mentioned to have occurred within the U.S., the Bahamas and Canada.
Nygård was arrested Dec. 14 on the request of U.S. officers who’re looking for extradition of Nygård, who’s going through a nine-count indictment within the Southern District of New York that features intercourse trafficking and racketeering costs.
Previous to the courtroom listening to, Nygård had been deemed a possible flight threat. After the attire magnate spent two weeks in a Winnipeg jail, his authorized group filed a bail software on Dec. 31.
An legal professional for Nygård, Richard Wilson, mentioned to delay the matter is “to play Russian roulette” with the 79-year-old’s well being, and in addition famous that well being restrictions associated to COVID-19 have made buying affidavits and different materials more difficult. As well as, the prevalence of the coronavirus within the Provence was one other issue, in accordance with Nygård’s authorized group.
In saying the adjournment, attendees have been reminded of how the case has generated appreciable media curiosity and that Nygård is “entitled to the presumption of harmless till confirmed responsible,” by courtroom officers. Crown prosecutors requested the adjournment to supply time to reply to proof and study a few of Nygård’s witnesses. The Crown additionally acknowledged that Nygård’s well being is a priority, as it’s with each one that is held in custody, as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Manitoba Courtroom of Queen’s Bench Choose Theodor Bock granted the delay to the following obtainable date. He mentioned, “I believe that corrections officers are taking cheap care of Mr. Nygård’s well being and can proceed to take action.”
The legal professional common of Canada is representing the U.S. within the extradition course of. Scott Farlinger represented the legal professional common of Canada at Tuesday’s listening to, throughout which he requested a particular sitting date to “be supplied an affordable period of time to reply to the fabric that has been supplied, some as not too long ago as Monday afternoon, and [an additional affidavit] yesterday morning.”
Farlinger mentioned that Nygård poses a critical threat of flight and entry to funds, and the potential interference of justice have been amongst his different issues.
Earlier within the proceedings, Jay Prober, an legal professional for Nygård, mentioned, “To adjourn the matter with out even getting began right this moment can be grossly unfair and grossly unjust… significantly due to the pandemic and COVID-19 is rampant. Every single day that Mr. Nygård languishes there places his life in danger.”
Prober mentioned that he had been suggested by Farlinger and U.S. authorities and the legal professional common that the complete extradition package deal wouldn’t be obtainable till Feb.12. Nygård’s legal professional mentioned it could be “unconscionable” for an (imprisoned) individual to have to attend for that occur. “It actually is sort of astounding that there isn’t a consent to Mr. Nygård’s launch,” mentioned Prober, including that he and Wilson had contacted the Winnipeg police on two completely different events previous to his arrest that he would have are available in voluntarily.
In opposition to a delay of any sort, Prober famous that the case has already created “a media frenzy.”
In regard’s to Prober’s issues in regards to the extradition proceedings, Farlinger famous that they’re set by the statute, and “are supposed to take so long as common and home proceedings. Extradition issues are supposed to be expeditious, and in reality within the statute itself, it signifies that the courtroom is obligated to set the earliest attainable listening to date. And positively the legal professional common intends to proceed on the earliest attainable listening to date as soon as an authority to proceed is issued.”