The Unite permanente anticorruption (UPAC) will send two police officers Friday in Panama to ensure that Arthur Porter is dead and that the announcement of his death is not a new trick to escape the Quebec justice.
Like St. Thomas, who believed that what he saw in her eyes, anti-corruption investigators refuse to rely on the statements of the entourage of Porter or his doctors to close the file that they accused of being the heart of “the most important in Canadian history corruption fraud.”
“UPAC has received no official confirmation of the death of the accused Arthur Porter from the Panamanian authorities. UPAC has not received the evidence required to validate the authenticity of the body. We therefore think it essential and a priority to quickly obtain this evidence, “said the commissioner in the fight against corruption Robert Lafrenière.
Recall that it was Porter’s biographer who announced the first Wednesday of the death of the former head of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). He said his cancer had spread from his lungs to his liver and bones. The information was confirmed by the Porter family and the spokesman of the National Oncological Institute of Panama.
The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions also announced Wednesday that it would need more evidence that these statements. Officers from UPAC will try to get that evidence on the ground tomorrow, especially with the help of an RCMP liaison officer.
Arthur Porter had tried to escape by using what he said was a diplomatic passport when he was arrested in Panama at the request of Canadian authorities in 2013. Since then, he has multiplied the court proceedings to avoid being extradited to Canada, where he faces charges in the rigging of the MUHC tender.