A prominent resident of the Bahamas wanted on fraud charges in Canada has been arrested in Panama.
Dr. Arthur Porter was detained Monday by Panamanian authorities, along with his wife Pamela, several months after Quebec police announced they wanted to charge him in connection with the province's ongoing corruption scandals.
Quebec's anti-corruption police say extradition proceedings are being undertaken.
The Sierra Leone-born Porter is a physician and cancer specialist who faces six fraud-related charges stemming from the construction of the US$1.3 billion McGill University Health Center in Montreal. Porter was director of the hospital when the alleged fraud occurred between 2008 and 2011. He left in 2011 amid allegations of mismanagement.
Porter also formerly headed the watchdog committee that monitors the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the country's spy agency.