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Canadian Olympian Myriam Bedard must remain in a Maryland jail until Quebec police can bring her back to Canada, a judge ruled Wednesday.
"She's in jail awaiting a transfer by police from Quebec City, and there is some suggestion the RCMP may also be involved in this transfer," CTV's Tom Walters reported Wednesday afternoon.
"They have undertaken to do it within the next 36 hours, but in the meantime the court is not going to release her from custody."
Walters added that if Bedard is not transferred by Friday at the latest, the judge hinted he may consider granting her bail.
Bedard was arrested Dec. 22 on an international warrant and spent both Christmas and New Year's Eve in custody.
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Bedard, who contends she was forced from her job at Via Rail because of questions she raised about inflated payments to Quebec ad firms, made no secret of her campaign to complain in the U.S. about her treatment and that of Mazhari, who faces accusations he stole 20 paintings by Montreal artist Ghitta Caiserman.
They claim that “bureaucratic terrorism” is deeply rooted in the Quebec and Canadian media, police and the justice system.
She alerted the president of the International Olympic Committee, UN secretary general Kofi Annan and David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to the fact that she and Mazhari were making the trip.
But Paquet complained to Canadian authorities because he feared Bedard and Mazhari would flee with the girl to Iran from the United States to escape his legal woes, said McCants.
Canada submitted an urgent request to the U.S. for Bedard’s arrest and extradition on Dec. 5.
Former Via Rail employee Myriam Bédard gave startling testimony before a parliamentary committee looking into the scandal:
-That Canadian racecar driver Jacques Villeneuve was secretly paid $12 million from the sponsorship fund to wear a Canadian logo.
-That her domestic partner Nima Mazhari persuaded then-prime minister Jean Chrétien not to join the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
-That then-Via president Marc LeFrançois told her Groupaction was involved in drug trafficking.
In February 2004, she said she had been fired from a marketing job at Via after questioning the expense of Groupaction contracts.
Olympic champion Myriam Bedard is ecstatic to have her daughter with her again now that she and her ex-husband have reached an agreement that gives her custody.
"I'm very happy and I'm very -- how I could say? -- relaxed," Bedard told Canada AM Monday. "Now that she's there with me, I can take care of her."
Bedard pleased to have full custody of daughter
Originally posted by Duzey
I'm hoping that the judge will have some sense and throw the case out. There are a lot of better uses for the court time this is going to waste.