Fashion mogul Peter Nygard back in court Thursday as argument for bail continues

Lawyers for Peter Nygard are expected to present a new plan in a Winnipeg court Thursday as they argue for his release.

The ask from Nygard’s lawyers came after Justice Shawn Greenberg, who is presiding over what had been scheduled as a two-day bail hearing, said she had serious concerns with witness Greg Fenske, who has offered himself as a surety for Nygard.

Fenske was grilled last week about who controls company assets, and who paid for the property he’s offered to let Nygard stay in.

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Justice Greenberg said it appeared Fenske has nothing to lose, which defeats the purpose of a surety.

Meanwhile, Nygard’s defence counsel again brought up the 79-year-old’s multiple health complications, which they say means death is all but certain if he contracts COVID-19 behind bars.

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Defence lawyer Jay Prober called their bail plan “rock solid,” and said because of Nygard’s condition, health care workers would be at the property 24/7.

The Canadian fashion mogul is facing nine charges of sex trafficking and racketeering in the United States and is being held in custody pending the outcome of a bail hearing.

Federal lawyers argue he’s a flight risk and want him kept in custody.

— With files from the Canadian Press and Shane Gibson

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