Fashion boss Peter Nygard on Friday agreed in a Canadian court to extradite him to the United States, where he is charged with raping dozens of women and girls, extortion and human trafficking.
The 80-year-old Finnish-Canadian millionaire, who has been in prison since his arrest in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last December, appeared briefly in court via video link.
Scott Farlinger, a lawyer representing the Canadian government in the case, explained that Nygard, who had been refused bail because he might tamper with witnesses or his prosecutors, had chosen not to challenge the extradition.
“This process can now go ahead so that he can go to the United States,” confirms lawyer Brian Greenspan.
That, he said, will give Nygard “an opportunity to step up his defense and challenge the truth of the evidence brought against him.”
The Canadian Attorney General has yet to approve the extradition.
Nygard faces nine charges in the United States involving dozens of victims.
His alleged crimes, according to the US indictment, took place between 1990 and 2020. Nygard and his alleged accomplices, including employees of his group, “used violence, fraud and coercion to get women and minors to have sex with them.” said.
The permanently tanned Nygard, known for his long, wavy gray hair and flamboyant dress sense, has denied the allegations.
Also Friday, Toronto police announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Nygard for six alleged sexual assaults, some involving forced detention, between 1987 and 2006.
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