Bail hearing begins for Canadian fashion designer Nygard, continues Friday

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan.6 (Reuters) – A bail hearing for Canadian designer Peter Nygard, accused of sexual assault and forced imprisonment, began Thursday before extending to a second day.

Born in Finland, Nygard grew up in Manitoba, eventually running his namesake apparel companies and becoming one of Canada’s richest people. Nygard, 80, is accused in both Canada and the United States.

Nygard, who appeared via video link from a Toronto prison wearing an orange jumpsuit and a blue medical mask, denied wrongdoing. He faces nine charges related to incidents allegedly occurring in Toronto between 1987 and 2006.

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None of the evidence or reasons presented at the bail hearing can be reported, with prohibition of publication. The hearing will continue on Friday.

Nygard separately faces extradition to the United States on sex trafficking and racketeering charges. He agreed to the extradition, which still depends on the approval of the Canadian justice minister.

Canadian police arrested Nygard in Winnipeg in December 2020 at the request of the US government under the countries extradition treaty.

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Reportage by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, edited by Rosalba O’Brien

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