Peter Nygard will be extradited to the United States to face charges once the criminal charges he faces in Canada are resolved, federal Justice Minister David Lametti announced on Tuesday.
Nygard has been awaiting the minister’s decision since last fall, when he agreed to bypass the court’s extradition process and proceed directly to ministerial review by the federal justice minister.
However, the same day Nygard consented to a ministerial review of his extradition case, Toronto police arrested him for sexual assault and forcible confinement.
“It is important that our Canadian legal process is completed so that all parties, including victims, have the opportunity to see justice done,” Lametti said in a tweet.
Nygard, 80, is the former head of a multi-million dollar clothing company. He has been detained since December 2020, when he was arrested at a Winnipeg home under extradition law after being charged with nine sex-related counts in New York.
He was denied bail for the charges against Toronto in January. The Toronto case is set to return to court on March 30.