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    Interpol Contacted to Find Bedard

    I find this to be very sad for everyone involved. For the father, who doesn't know where his child is, for their families for the suspicion and search, and for Myriam who is a great example for all Olympians and Canadians. I also feel for their daughter, Maude, who must be scared and confused. Maybe the last sentence says it all: Myriam met and fell in love with a devil - Mezhari.
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    Interpol Contacted in Efforts to Find Myriam Bedard

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    Canada's Myriam Bedard celebrates the bronze medal she won in the women's biathlon event at the 1992 Albertville Olympic winter Games. (CP)

    QUEBEC (CP) - Quebec City police say they've contacted Interpol to help locate former Olympian Myriam Bedard and her 11-year-old daughter.

    A police spokeswoman says steps have been taken to get Bedard's photo and information disseminated worldwide. Sandra Dion says they will be eventually be distributed everywhere, including the United States.

    In their last telephone conversation, the girl told her father she was in Washington, D.C., with her mother.

    Jean Paquet added that he has not spoken to his ex-wife or his daughter, Maude, in three weeks.

    A warrant is out for Bedard's arrest after she and her husband Nima Mazhari left Canada several weeks ago without Paquet's permission to take the girl.

    Bedard's life in recent years seems to have had as many twists and turns as the Olympic biathlon courses she once mastered with consummate ease.

    The latest startling development involves an arrest warrant sworn out against her on suspicion of abducting her own daughter. It's the most recent of a string of episodes in the last decade that has also seen her spar with her sports federation and make sensational allegations during the federal sponsorship scandal.

    Bedard, who turns 37 next week, was a sports golden girl when she warmed the hearts of Canadians in 1994 with her beaming smile. She captivated the country as she stood atop the gold medal platform twice at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, after previously winning a bronze in 1992.

    Joanne Thomson, executive director of Biathlon Canada, remembers meeting Bedard in the 1990s when they were both competitors and recalls being impressed with her grit.

    "She was a very strong athlete, strong personality, very driven and mentally focused on what she was doing as an athlete," Thomson said in a telephone interview from Ottawa.

    The two weren't close friends, but Thomson said: "You can just tell by when you speak to her that she's very motivated and sort of driven and knew what she wanted to achieve and was doing everything that she could to do it.

    "That's what came across in her personality but she was a very pleasant person."

    Jean Paquet, the biological father of Bedard's 11-year-old daughter, wants her picked up by police for violating the joint custody agreement between the pair and for taking the girl away from Quebec City without his permission.

    Quebec City police issued the arrest warrant Dec. 8 but spokesman Const. Jean-Sebastien Roy said Thursday the force doesn't believe the child is in any danger.

    Roy said, however, police are treating the case as an abduction in that she has allegedly violated the terms of her shared-custody agreement.

    Bedard and her husband Nima Mazhari went to the United States in October and alerted the president of the International Olympic Committee, UN secretary general Kofi Annan and David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to the fact they were making the trip.

    Bedard's mother, Francine Bedard, said Bedard's father briefly spoke to his daughter at least five times on the telephone and was told she was living in a hotel.

    "It was never more than a minute and then the line went dead."

    Pierre Bedard, Myriam's father, told all-news channel LCN it is not like his daughter to behave this way.

    "Normally, Myriam would never have done that," he said. "She's always protected her daughter just like a mother does. And for her to disappear like that without giving us any news is not normal and, more than anything, it's worrisome.

    "I am worried. Had she said she was going on holiday, it would be one thing. They said they were going to the United States. They might be there but maybe it's a ruse and they're somewhere else."

    Myriam Bedard, a native of Loretteville, near Quebec City, was a careful guardian of her image.

    She sued - and settled out of court - when Wrigley Canada Inc. ran an ad featuring an altered photo of her that she said made her look masculine.

    She tussled with Biathlon Canada over training alone and endorsements. She expressed gratitude to the organization at the 1994 Olympics but also mused she might train elsewhere if her funding was cut.

    But she started really raising eyebrows with charges during the federal sponsorship scandal.

    Bedard said she was forced from her Via Rail job because of questions she raised about inflated payments to Quebec ad firms.

    Via chairman Jean Pelletier was fired by then-prime minister Paul Martin when he belittled the sports hero.

    An arbitrator also later concluded Bedard left Via voluntarily.

    She also said she was told that racing car driver Jacques Villeneuve was paid US$12 million to wear the Canada logo on his uniform and that the Groupaction advertising agency trafficked in drugs - claims that have been denied by the driver and the firm.

    The blue-eyed blond credited Mazhari with giving then-prime minister Jean Chretien advice to keep Canada out of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Mazhari also tried to get Chretien to testify for him at a civil trial where Mazhari is being sued for non-payment of a $2,414 bill. Chretien did not appear.

    Mazhari has had his own share of controversy, being charged in 2005 with theft and possession of about 20 stolen paintings worth $100,000.

    Bedard's sister Chantal said Myriam had changed since meeting Mazhari.

    "She fell under the control of this man who probably had the knack of knowing how to speak to her and he got her involved in all kinds of adventures," she said.

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    Interesting, misskitty... I'd love to read followup on this story as it goes along.

    Bedard and her husband Nima Mazhari went to the United States in October and alerted the president of the International Olympic Committee, UN secretary general Kofi Annan and David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to the fact they were making the trip.
    Who does this? Why in the world would they have notified these three people that they were going to the US?

    It certainly does lend to the probability that they are not, in fact, in the US and instead were trying to put out a big ruse to throw people off.
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    Olympic champion Myriam Bédard was arrested in Maryland late Friday and is facing extradition back to Canada, Quebec City police said.


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    Former Olympic athlete Myriam Bedard talks with reporters following her testimony before the Commons public accounts committee in Ottawa in March, 2004.
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    She was arrested by U.S. marshalls around 10 p.m. ET in Columbia, a town about 20 kilometres west of Baltimore, a police spokeswoman said in a statement through a recorded phone message.

    She is being held in custody and extradition proceedings are underway, the statement said. It added her 11-year-old daughter is in the custody of American social service authorities.

    Quebec City police issued an arrest warrant against Bédard on Dec. 8 after her former husband, Jean Paquet, alleged she had taken their daughter away from Quebec City without his permission, in violation of a joint custody agreement.

    Bédard, a native of Loretteville, won the bronze medal in the woman's biathlon event at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. She later won two gold medals in the biathlon at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

    Police have so far refused to divulge any details of their investigation, which started in October after an initial complaint from Paquet.

    Bédard's family said they were concerned and that they had only had brief telephone conversations where Bédard said she was living in a hotel.

    Bédard and her husband, Nima Mazhari, went to the United States in October and did not conceal their trip, Canadian Press reported.

    Letters slam authorities

    The couple sent letters to various Canadian and international officials, including the president of the International Olympic Committee, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

    The letters were part of their continuing battle against accusations that Mazhari had stolen 20 paintings by Montreal artist Ghitta Caiserman. He has denied the accusation.

    Mazhari and Bédard have argued that they were unjustly treated by the Canadian justice system and had planned to denounce their treatment outside Canada.

    They claimed that "bureaucratic terrorism" is deeply rooted in the Quebec and Canadian media, police and the justice system.

    Bizarre sponsorship testimony

    Earlier this year, Bédard said her life was turned upside down following her testimony in the sponsorship scandal.

    Bédard said she was forced from her Via Rail job because of questions she raised about inflated payments to Quebec ad firms.

    Via chairman Jean Pelletier was fired by then-prime minister Paul Martin when he belittled the sports hero.

    An arbitrator also later concluded Bédard left Via voluntarily.

    She also said she was told that racing car driver Jacques Villeneuve was paid US$12 million to wear the Canada logo on his uniform and that the Groupaction advertising agency trafficked in drugs - claims that have been denied by the driver and the firm.

    Bédard also credited her husband Mazhari with giving then-prime minister Jean Chrétien advice to keep Canada out of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

    Mazhari also tried to get Chretien to testify for him at a civil trial where Mazhari is being sued for non-payment of a $2,414 bill. Chrétien did not appear.

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    By the looks of things, Bedard and family sent enough letters advising people where they would be. Obviously her ex-husband doesn't care and has "pull" with the authorities.

    You never quite know when it comes to the sponsorship scandel. I believe that she knows something but that no-one believes her. And there have been cover-ups, no doubt. Remember, all Jean Chretien would discuss was his golf balls. Literally. And paperwork wise, I know of a few people in various employment, who left their jobs "voluntarily" but not really. They actually had no choice and were not allowed to say anything afterwards. Stuff like pay-offs and scandals do happen frequently in Quebec and with politicians in Ottawa. I see no reason for Bedard to lie about this stuff. It just brings her grief.

    But I feel awful for her and her daughter who is in US custody over the Christmas Holidays. If her husband is being accused of stealing paintings, why don't they charge him? Is there no evidence? Is this just threats to quiet his wife?

    If not, then let him and his family alone.
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    From what I understand her husband, Mazhari, is something of a Jim Jones kinda don't drink the kool-aid type guy. He claims he knows powerful people but doesn't really. I saw an interview where her family said that she was under his spell and were very concerned about her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskitty;2186231;
    By the looks of things, Bedard and family sent enough letters advising people where they would be. Obviously her ex-husband doesn't care and has "pull" with the authorities.


    But I feel awful for her and her daughter who is in US custody over the Christmas Holidays.
    I actually don't feel much sympathy for her in this situation. She has joint custody with her ex. No matter how many letters she sent advising where she was going to be (and it appears that she only indicated that she'd be in the US, not specifically where) she still has kept the daughter from her ex for at least two months. That's what this current battle is about, and she deserves to be arrested.
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    I had heard somewhere that the father had been in Europe for a couple months and didn't see his daughter anyway.

    This is starting to sound like the makings of a movie, or a book at least!
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    Bédard will leave U.S. voluntarily to face charges: lawyer

    Former Olympian Myriam Bédard is waiving the right to have an extradition hearing in the United States and will return to Canada voluntarily to face charges of child abduction, her lawyer said Friday.

    Lawyer Kevin McCants said Friday morning that Canadian authorities should be escorting her back to Quebec City in the next seven to 10 days.

    "We just want her out (of jail)," he said. "We prefer that she be out waiting because we know she hasn't committed a crime and she doesn't fit in at the jail."

    Bédard, a Canadian who won two gold medals in biathlon in the 1994 Olympics, has been in a Maryland detention centre for a week.

    She's being held on charges that she abducted her 12-year-old daughter by taking her to the United States in October.

    Her former husband, Jean Paquet, said that was a violation of their joint custody agreement, though Bédard's lawyers have said she had sole custody of the child.

    On Friday, she was scheduled to have a bail hearing to decide if she should remain behind bars until her extradition hearing.

    However, that hearing may not be needed with Bédard's decision to return to Canada voluntarily.

    Bédard has been held in solitary confinement at her own request because she was uncomfortable at the thought of living among other inmates at the detention centre in Jessup, Md., CBC News reporter Carolyn Dunn said from Baltimore.

    "She remains in solitary confinement, out of her prison cell for just one hour a day," said Dunn.

    McCants has suggested that Bédard is being persecuted because she helped blow the whistle on the federal sponsorship scandal, alleging misspending at Public Works Canada in the 1990s.

    Among other things, she alleged, Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve was secretly paid $12 million US to wear the federal government logo on his uniform as former prime minister Jean Chrétien and his officials sought to persuade Quebecers they should stay within Canada in the wake of the 1995 sovereignty referendum.

    "She was involved in a political scandal," McCants told the Canadian Press. "There were a lot of people who had an axe to grind and they were trying to belittle her."

    Bédard is now married to Nima Mazhari, who has also accused Canadian authorities of conspiring against his wife and himself.

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