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Wife of former spy watchdog gets bail in money-laundering case in Montreal

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MONTREAL - The wife of Canada's former espionage watchdog has been granted bail after being in jail for more than two months.

Pamela Porter is charged with conspiracy and laundering more than $22 million in the construction of a Montreal superhospital.

She will return to court in September for her preliminary hearing.

Porter is accused of helping to launder the money for her husband, Arthur Porter, the former head of the McGill University Health Centre.

He was also head of the federal Security Intelligence Review Committee, the civilian oversight body that monitors CSIS.

Arthur Porter faces several charges related to alleged scams in the awarding of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital contract.

His wife has been detained since they were both arrested by authorities in Panama on May 26.

The Porters were arrested separately in Panama on an Interpol warrant. She agreed to return to Canada to face charges while her husband remains in a Panamanian prison as he fights his extradition to Canada.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130802/wife-former-spy-watchdog-gets-bail-money-laundering-case-mon