By Nickel rod
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, September 9 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear fashion designer Peter Nygard’s appeal against a lower court’s decision to stay in jail for sex trafficking and racketeering.
Nygard wanted the country’s highest court to overturn a March ruling by the Manitoba Court of Appeal that denied his release before a November hearing for extradition to the United States. The Supreme Court posted on its website that it had rejected Nygard’s claim, without giving reasons, as is normal.
Canadian police arrested Nygard in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in December at the request of the US government under the countries extradition treaty.
U.S. officials have accused Nygard of using his businesses to lure women and girls to the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas since 1995 for sexual satisfaction, as well as his associates.
Nygard has denied all the allegations.
Born in Finland, Nygard grew up in Manitoba, eventually ran his eponymous clothing companies, and became one of the wealthiest people in Canada.
(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, editing by Nick Zieminski)
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