Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Court in Bahamas issues arrest warrant for Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard

The warrant was issued after Nygard failed to appear in court multiple times for a sentencing hearing related to two contempt of court convictions

Peter Nygard at a 2013 event in Winnipeg. KEVIN KING/POSTMEDIA/FILE

By Maura Forrest

A judge in the Bahamas issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, the latest twist in a strange, convoluted legal battle over dredging around Nygard’s luxurious beachfront estate.

The warrant was issued after Nygard failed to appear in court multiple times for a sentencing hearing related to two contempt of court convictions, after a judge found that he had repeatedly ignored a 2013 injunction that banned him from dredging.

Fred Smith, a lawyer with Save the Bays, an organization working to protect the country’s marine environment from development, said he believes the arrest warrant was issued “in an effort to show that there should be the appropriate respect for the court in the Bahamas.” Save the Bays alleges that Nygard has doubled the size of his property at Nygard Cay through illegal dredging, and is blocking the natural flow of sand to a nearby national park and a popular beach.  Read more >>