Friday, June 23, 2006

Families hopeful as Air India inquiry starts

With 80 victims' relatives seated before him, retired Supreme Court of Canada justice John Major formally opened Wednesday the judicial inquiry into the deadliest act of terrorism in Canadian history the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182.
Major laid out his mandate to make sure the systemic failings that led to the bombing and plagued the two-decade police investigation have been remedied.
He said hopefully the inquiry will provide some answers for relatives, who have lobbied and struggled for 21 years to find out how the bombing could have happened when the suspects were being monitored by Canada's spy agency.
Family members called the opening a historic day that has come after too many years of lobbying a succession of federal governments.
22/06/06 Kim Bolan/CanWest News Service/Vancouver Sun/, Canada
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