Bail hearing for Peter Nygard adjourned for 2 weeks

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Peter Nygard appeared in court Friday morning via video conference. This photo is from a court appearance on Sept. 30, 2021, when the hearing was broadcast to the public.  (Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench/CBC - image credit)
Peter Nygard appeared in court Friday morning via video conference. This photo is from a court appearance on Sept. 30, 2021, when the hearing was broadcast to the public. (Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench/CBC - image credit)

Former fashion mogul Peter Nygard will be back in court in two weeks to apply for bail on charges of sex assault and forcible confinement in Toronto.

A bail hearing was scheduled to go ahead Friday morning, but Nygard's defence team requested a two-week adjournment.

He's scheduled to be back in court in Toronto on Nov. 26.

Nygard's defence lawyer, Brian Greenspan, did not give a reason for requesting the adjournment.

The 80-year-old, who was arrested in Winnipeg last December on separate sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy charges in the United States, was flown to Toronto two weeks ago.

Last month, Nygard agreed to bypass the court extradition process and go straight to a judicial review by federal Justice Minister David Lametti, who will decide if Nygard should be surrendered to the U.S.

On Oct. 1, the same day Nygard signed the agreement to take his case to the justice minister, Toronto police charged Nygard with sex assault and forcible confinement of seven women in the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s.

Nygard had applied for bail as part of the extradition process, but a judge said he was a flight risk and ordered him to stay in custody.

He appealed and lost, then took his fight to the Supreme Court of Canada, but the top court refused to hear his case.

A spokesperson for the federal justice department told CBC News last month it will be up to the minister to decide whether Nygard's extradition would await the outcome of the Canadian charges.

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