A Manitoba judge has put over a bail hearing for Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, after Crown prosecutors sought a delay and a special sitting dedicated to the matter.
Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Theodore Bock granted the delay sought by Crown prosecutor Scott Farlinger, rescheduling the hearing for a special sitting on Jan. 19.
Nygard, 79, appeared in court via video link, wearing a blue surgical mask with his hair in a bun. He has been in custody in Manitoba since his arrest at a million-dollar Winnipeg home on Dec. 14, following a request by the U.S. government under an extradition treaty.
Nygard’s lawyer, Jay Prober, told court Nygard’s health is at risk while he is in custody due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But prosecutor Farlinger said late submissions by the defence team meant he needed more time to respond.
Nygard is accused of sexually assaulting, drugging and/or coercing dozens of victims in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas, as well as other locations.
U.S. authorities laid out the allegations in a 24-page federal grand jury indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the southern district court of New York last year.
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