Delays for Arthur Porter's bail
It’s been over a month since the lawyer helping Arthur Porter fight extradition to Canada asked that the former head of the McGill University Health Centre get out on bail in Panama, but there's still no indication whether the court will grant it.
On Tuesday his lawyer, Ricardo Bilonick, told CJAD that Porter should get out on bail because of his deteriorating health condition and because the law allows it.
“The bail is still pending, it’s taking a little longer than I thought, but I’m confident that we are going to get it.”
Earlier this year Porter diagnosed himself with stage 4 lung cancer and in June a surgeon said he had less than a year to live.
But Porter has yet to be seen by a doctor since he got to La Joya jail nearly 4 months ago.
“If I was the Canadian government I would be concerned,” Bilonick said. “Whatever happens to Dr. Porter in jail is the responsibility of both Panama and Canada, you want to have the person extradited to be able to respond in court and if he’s dying than you have achieved nothing.”
If Porter is granted bail, he'll need to establish residence nearby and check in with authorities on a regular basis.