Saturday 20 April 2013

Cynthia Vanier arrives in Toronto

Vanier arrived on the evening of Saturday, April 20, at
Toronto's Pearson International Airport
Cynthia Vanier, the Canadian mediator held in Mexico for 18 months as the accused “ringleader” of a plot to bring Saadi Gaddafi, former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s playboy third son, from war-torn North Africa to Mexico, has arrived safely in Toronto, Canada.

Vanier had been released before dawn on Friday, April 19, and sent to an immigration holding facility to work out the details of her formal deportation.

Her co-accused, Gabriela (Gabby) de Cueto, was released at the same time and is now in the United States. A third accused, Danish national Pierre Flensborg, is expected to be deported from Mexico to Copenhagen on Sunday. A fourth accused, the Mexican  Jose Luis Kennedy Prieto, remains in prison.

Ms. Vanier arrived via commercial aircraft with her husband Pierre, who has stayed with his wife in Mexico since her arrest in Mexico City on November 10, 2011. Vanier was initially held in a jail in Mexico City before being transferred to a prison in Chetumal, in the state of Quintana Roo on the border with Belize.

There has been a media blackout on the details of her arrival, though the CBC’s Fifth Estate had been in Mexico with Vanier, and will likely break further details.

La politica has been receiving reports from Mexico that Vanier could be detained by the RCMP upon her arrival in Canada. However, there are no charges pending in Canada that we are aware of. That said, many questions remain regarding the involvement of Vanier and engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in an alleged plot to find a safe haven for the younger Gaddafi.

(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)

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