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Friday, January 28, 2022

MKO demands an investigation into Manitoba’s failure to prosecute Peter Nygard

MKO demands an investigation of Manitoba justice's failure to charge Peter Nygard

Key takeaways:

  • According to research conducted by The Fifth Estate, Nygard has a history of avoiding prosecution when rape complaints were made to Winnipeg police over several decades.

The fact that disgraced fashion magnate Peter Nygard would not face charges in Winnipeg after multiple allegations of sexual assault has spurred a First Nations political advocacy group to demand an investigation, according to CBC’s The Fifth Estate.

“Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak is extremely concerned to learn about The Fifth Estate’s recent investigation exposing… Manitoba’s justice system’s decision not to press criminal charges against Peter Nygard in eight separate charges of rape of women and girls in Winnipeg dating back to the early 1990s,” the organization said in a statement on Friday.

“Over the last 25 years, Nygard has used his power and influence to victimize, oppress, and target vulnerable adolescents and women in Winnipeg and around the world, including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.”

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In Winnipeg, police undertook a 10-month investigation into the accusations, but the CBC reported that no charges would be filed on Thursday.

According to The Fifth Estate research, Nygard has a history of evading prosecution after allegations of rape were submitted to Winnipeg police over several decades.

According to MKO, an investigation into “structural shortcomings of the Manitoba legal system” is required.

“We, as an organization, reach in support of the victims who have used their power and courage to speak up. We truly apologize to each and every one of you for a system that failed you. You are deserving of justice, “In the release, MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee remarked.

MKO calls for inquiry into failures of Manitoba justice to charge Peter  Nygard
MKO calls for inquiry into failures of Manitoba justice to charge Peter Nygard

“The failure of justice exemplifies what privilege looks like, with one set of privileges for the privileged and another set of privileges for the most vulnerable. If the Manitoba legal system had responded more quickly, a serial rapist and predator might not have been able to damage additional victims around the world.”

Nygard, the former CEO of a multibillion-dollar apparel enterprise based in Winnipeg, is currently being held in Toronto on six counts of sexual assault and three counts of unlawful imprisonment.

Nygard also faces additional sex trafficking charges in New York City, where prosecutors allege that over 25 years, he drugged and sexually assaulted “at least dozens of women and minor-aged female victims” with the help of his company. In that case, an extradition hearing is taking place.

“I’m calling for an investigation into the Manitoba justice system’s inadequacies to look at the systemic flaws and develop an accountability mechanism to avoid this from happening again,” Settee said.

Source: CBC News

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