Former spy watchdog’s wife arraigned on criminal charges in Montreal

MONTREAL – The wife of Canada’s former spy watchdog has been arraigned in Montreal for allegedly helping her husband launder millions of dollars.

Pamela Porter did not enter a plea in a brief court appearance today and will return to court Monday to have a date set for her bail hearing.

Arthur Porter’s wife will be detained over the weekend and the Crown will oppose bail because it believes she is a flight risk.

Pamela Porter faces one charge of conspiracy as well as another related to laundering more than $22 million.

Arthur Porter remains in a Panamanian prison and is fighting his extradition to Canada on the grounds his arrest was illegal because he has diplomatic immunity.

The former head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee faces several charges related to alleged scams in the awarding of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital contract. He says he’s done nothing wrong.

Porter, who lives in the Bahamas, has been wanted for months in connection with Quebec’s ongoing corruption scandals.

He was head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which monitors the work of Canada’s spy agency CSIS, between 2010 and 2011.

The Porters were arrested last month in Panama on an Interpol warrant.

Pamela Porter was returned to Canada on Thursday.

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