Fashion mogul, Peter Nygard will be extradited to US over charges of sex trafficking and racketeering

Fashion mogul, Peter Nygard will be extradited to US over charges of sex trafficking and racketeering



Fashion mogul, Peter Nygard on Friday agreed to be extradited from Canada to the United States where he faces nine charges of raping dozens of women and girls, racketeering and sex trafficking.



The 80-year-old Finnish-Canadian millionaire, who has been held in prison since his arrest in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, last December, made a brief court appearance via video link.



Scott Farlinger, a lawyer representing the Canadian government in the case, explained that Nygard, who'd been denied bail on the grounds he might tamper with witnesses or his accusers, had opted not to fight the extradition.



Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal said Nygard can't be extradited for at least 30 days. However, the disgraced fashion designer can apply for judical interim release, also known as bail, while the new justice minister confirms or denies his extradition.



Nygard's lawyer Brian Greenspan confirmed to the court that the designer consented to the extradition application and understood the significance.

'He wants to face these charges,' Greenspan told reporters afterward.



Nygard faces nine charges in the United States involving dozens of victims. If confirmed, his extradition will allow him to answer to the US charges and raise a defense.







Greenspan also told reporters outside of the court room that the US can only bring one charge against him. but could bring multiple counts, due to the Law of Specialty that defends international law.



The Law of Specialty prohibits the US from adding charges. He can only be charged for offenses pre-extradition.



'This process can now move forward in order for him to face trial in the United States,' defense lawyer Brian Greenspan confirmed.Latest Post
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