Arthur Porter arrested in Panama on fraud chargesMONTREAL — The former head of Canada’s spy-agency watchdog has been arrested abroad and faces fraud charges.
Arthur Porter, who has been wanted for months in connection with Quebec’s corruption scandals, was arrested along with his wife Pamela by Panamanian authorities.
The pair’s detention was announced in a statement by Quebec’s anti-corruption police watchdog, which said the arrest was carried out with the help of the RCMP and Interpol.
Porter had been appointed head of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which monitors the work of CSIS, by the Harper government in 2008.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Porter’s alleged criminal acts had nothing to do with the work he did for the Government of Canada.