Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Malik wants standing at Air India inquiry

The head of the Air India inquiry has begun hearing oral submissions from individuals and groups seeking official standing before the commission looking into Canada's worst mass murder.
On Tuesday, retired Supreme Court of Canada justice John Major agreed that the federal government, Air India, and representatives of the victims' families in Canada and India had standing, which means that they are clearly affected by the inquiry, and can participate.
But Major didn't rule on a controversial application, made by acquitted Air India defendant Ripudaman Singh Malik. He was acquitted of criminal charges last year that arose from the explosionof a bomb on Air India Flight 182 near Ireland in 1985.
The explosion killed all 329 crew and passengers, most of them Canadian citizens of Indian origin or descent.
19/07/06 CBC News/, Canada
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