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Arthur Porter's Wife Being Extradited To Canada

06/13/2013 07:21 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 05:12 EDT
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The lawyer for Arthur Porter's wife, Pamela Mattock Porter, says his client is being extradited from Panama against her will.

Mattock Porter has been in detention in Panama since May 28, the day she and her husband were arrested shortly after entering the country on a flight from the Bahamas, where the pair had been living.

Police sources have confirmed to CBC News that Mattock Porter is now at an airport in Panama City and will be returning to Canada on a flight leaving tonight.

She is in the custody of Quebec provincial police and will fly on a direct flight to Toronto, which will likely arrive early Friday morning. Police said she will then be driven by car to Montreal.

Authorities in Canada issued an international warrant for the arrests of Porter and his wife in February.

Porter, the former head of the McGill University Health Centre, is facing charges of fraud and laundering the proceeds of crime, among others, for his alleged role in a scandal involving the $1.3-billion MUHC superhospital construction project, which he helped to spearhead.

Mattock Porter is facing two charges: laundering the proceeds of crime and conspiracy.

Initially, Mattock Porter had agreed to be extradited to Canada, while her husband stayed in Panama to fight his arrest.

However, the couple's lawyer, Ricardo Bilonick Paredes, said Mattock Porter changed her mind about a voluntary extradition.

"She'd be in a bad position because of all the press and all the news surrounding her husband," said the lawyer. "She could be used as a pressure point to get Mr. Arthur [Porter] to change his mind, which he will not."

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