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Pamela Mattock Porter denied bail on conspiracy charge

06/25/2013 02:31 EDT | Updated 08/25/2013 05:12 EDT
A Quebec judge has denied bail to the wife of the embattled former head of the Montreal University Health Centre as she awaits trial on charges of conspiracy and laundering the proceeds of crime.

Pamela Mattock Porter appeared in a Montreal courtroom this morning more than a week after she was extradited from Panama.

The judge in the case agreed with the Crown's argument that Mattock Porter was a flight risk.

All evidence presented at the bail hearing is protected by a publication ban.

Authorities in Canada issued an international warrant for the arrests of former MUHC executive director Arthur Porter and his wife in February.

Arthur Porter 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 super hospital construction project, which he helped spearhead.

Mattock Porter initially agreed to the extradition while her husband fights the order from a Panamanian jail.

However, the couple's lawyer later said she changed her mind about the voluntary extradition.

Mattock Porter's lawyers are scheduled to return to court at the beginning of July to set a date for the preliminary hearing in her case.

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