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Arthur Porter arrested in Panama for fraud and money laundering

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

PANAMA CITY- Arthur Porter and his wife Pamela Mattock were arrested in Panama on Monday. The former head of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is currently being held at a pretrial detention cell in the investigative unit of the national police.

According to local police authorities, Porter and Mattock had stopped for a day in Panama on their way to Trinidad and Tobago from the Bahamas, where they had been living for the past few months.

The couple was intercepted in Tocumen International Airport by Interpol Panama, who had received a red alert from Canadian authorities. Mattock was arrested at 11:40 p.m. local time on Sunday at the airport, but Porter claimed diplomatic immunity and was able to leave the airport. He was arrested at a nearby hotel on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Porter faces charges for fraud, money laundering, document falsification, and conspiracy. In February, Quebec’s anti corruption squad (UPAC) issued a warrant for Porter, who is suspected of being involved in a scandal with the $1.3 billion super hospital, the MUHC. He also owes McGill University $500,000 for a loan issued in 2008.

Porter and his wife, who are now under the jurisdiction of the Panamanian foreign affairs office, will remain in Panama as the extradition process occurs. Porter has 15 days to contest the extradition.

According to the local police, Porter has no assets or business in Panama, and will not be tried by local authorities.

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