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Canada closes book on biggest fraudster after Panama death

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Porter at the time of his arrest

CRIMINAL charges against a doctor who died in custody in Panama, and complained that  he received no treatment for his terminal cancer, have been dropped  by Canadian authorities, two years  after his death.

Arthur Porter, was accused of committing what Quebec authorities described as the biggest corruption fraud in Canada’s history, although his crime was small potatoes when matched against some of the charges facing high rollers in  Panama’s previous administration. have officially been abandoned

The closing of the case was announced on Friday Aug 4, when Crown prosecutor Nathalie Kleber said she filed Arthur Porter’s death certificate in court after receiving confirmation of its authenticity from authorities in Panama.

Porter died in 2015 after being detained at Canada’s behest in 2013. He was 59.

“This ends the judicial process against Dr. Porter,” Kleber told journalists at the Montreal courthouse.

She  said it took so long to close the case against him because she only recently received confirmation of the death certificate from Panama.

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit accused Porter of accepting a $22.5-million bribe in connection with engineering firm SNC-Lavalin winning a $1.3-billion contract to build the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)  super hospital.

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Porter was once highly regarded among Canada’s business and political elite and served as head of the MUHC as well as on the board of the independent agency that oversaw Canada’s spy services.

His death  in Panama left  lingering questions about the extradition process, and led to an investigation   by the CBC, Canada’s national broadcasting company .

Hi a wife, Pamela Porter, pleaded guilty in late 2014 to two counts of laundering the proceeds of crime and was sentenced to 33 months for her role in the alleged bribery scandal connected to the super hospital project.

Porter and his wife were arrested  in Panama during a stop-over flight from the Bahamas to the Cayman Islands. She returned to Canada to face trial, but he spent over two years in La Joya where he wrote a book, and assisted fellow prisoners with health problems.

Kleber said the charges against Porter’s other co-accused will remain, with the case set to resume Sep 27.

Porter,  was arrested for his involvement in that scheme on May 27, 2013, in Panama and remained there until his death from lung cancer in the  national cancer center.

The CBC questioned why  he didn’t return to Canada to fight charges of fraud “Had he returned to Montreal, he could have been released on bail while awaiting trial and had better medical care available to him” said a report.

“Instead, he lingered for two years in arguably one of the world’s worst jails, stuck in a small unsanitary cell with several other inmates, treating himself with the latest chemotherapy drugs his daughters could bring to him.” said the CBC

Why did the highly intelligent, Cambidge University educated  doctor  languish for two years in Panama without getting any court dates to challenge his extradition to Canada?


Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the House of Commons

Panama ignored its own extradition laws, and Canada did not press to have his case handled quickly. That seems curious, given that Porter was still a privy councillor. Former  Prime Minister Stephen Harper had appointed him to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2008.

And what secrets did he take to his grave? He became chairman of SIRC before resigning in late 2011, so he was in a position to be aware of Canada’s spy secrets. and hinted to CBC News that he had much to tell that would make people in Ottawa uncomfortable.

When CBC News interviewed him in  La Joya, he was coy. He had promised big scoops, and shed some insights, but ultimately kept his cards close to his chest, as if he still had some games to play.

H e answered questions about the kickbacks by saying he had a contract with SNC-Lavalin “for consulting and developing businesses in Africa” to explain the $11.25 million that went to Porter family accounts.

He wouldn’t, however, explain why authorities allege the other $11.25 million went to accounts controlled by a  fellow MUHC executive.

As for not returning  to Canada to face charges, he said he feared “being hung out to dry as a scapegoat for this — whether there are things that involve national security that would become an issue, whether I would be treated fairly, whether I would get a fair trial.”

In a long interview with the CBC  Porter said that being left in limbo, unable to get to court to fight the extradition request, was “interesting.”

“If I was a conspiracy theorist, which of course I’m not, I would imagine there was a hand behind this — and it might be a Canadian hand.”

His Panamanian lawyer, Ricardo Bilonick Paredes, was more blunt. Canada was “allowed to do in Panama with the constitution and laws of Panama, wat  they could not do in Canada,” he told CBC News.

“If you deny him [his day in court, knowing he has cancer], you might think he would die in the process.”

As for bringing the extradition process to a resolution, Paredes said, “they did  not show any interest.”

Sources in Canada told CBC News that the federal government had little interest in getting Porter back. The CBC investigation produced no answers as to who else was involved in the scandal.



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Canada trials for men linked to ex-La Joya inmate.

Posted on September 28, 2017 in North AmericaPanama

The $1.3 billion super hospital led to super bribes
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TRIAL DATES  have been set in Montreal, Quebec, for alleged co-conspirators of a Canadian doctor who died of cancer in Panama after two years in La Joya prison fighting extradition to face charges in a $22 million bribery scandal.

The Crown alleges top executives from SNC-Lavalin paid a $22.5-million bribe to McGill University senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the  Glenn super hospital.


Porter in La Joya 2014

Arthur Porter, the former CEO of the  McGill University Hospital Complex (MUHC) was also facing charges in the case before his death from lung cancer in 2015.

Porter ,a Cambridge educated cancer specialist, died in Santo Tomas Hospital after two years in La Joya, treating himself with experimental drugs, and writing a book. He was the former chairman of Canada’s intelligence oversight committee.Charges against,  him were officially dropped two years after his death

Porter’s wife, Pamela Porter who was arrested with her husband in Panama, pleaded guilty in late 2014 to two counts of laundering the proceeds of crime and was sentenced to 33 months for her role in the alleged bribery scandal. Two former Lavalin executives Yohann Elbaz and Stéphane Roy are having separate trials.

Yanai Elbaz, Pierre Duhaime and Riadh Ben Aissa are being tried together, while Yohann Elbaz and Stéphane Roy will each have separate trials.

Elbaz’s trial is set to run from October 2018 to December 2018, while Roy’s trial is set to run from October 2018 to January 2019.

The trial for Duhaime, Ben Aissa and Yanai Elbaz is set for January 2019 and is expected to last eight months. SNC-Lavalin was once active in Panama,



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