Judge Yves Paradis issued declaration of Porter’s death from the bench.
Criminal charges against the doctor accused of committing what Quebec authorities described as the biggest corruption fraud in Canada’s history have officially been abandoned, two years after his death, the Crown announced Friday.
Crown prosecutor Nathalie Kleber said she filed Arthur Porter’s death certificate in court after receiving confirmation of its authenticity from an officer of the Institute of legal medicine in Panama and a representative of the Panamanian government.
Porter died in Panamanian custody in 2015 after being detained in that country at Canada’s behest in 2013. He was 59.
Five defendants are still charged, including the former CEO of SNC-Lavalin Pierre Duhaime, the former chief of the planning and real estate at the MUHC Yanaï Elbaz. They return to court on September 27.