Monday, November 06, 2006

Government witnesses to be grilled this week at Air India inquiry

Ottawa: The families of the victims have had their say. Now it's the government's turn to explain how it responded to the 1985 Air India bombing, the worst terrorist act in Canadian history.
A public inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge John Major resumes Monday following a three-week recess.
Commission counsel Mark Freiman will issue a statement, outlining where he wants the probe to go from here.
That will be followed by the first official commentaries from the federal Justice Department and Air India.
Once those statements are out of the way, the bulk of the week will be spent examining the consular services offered - or not offered - by the Foreign Affairs Department in the wake of the downing of the plane and the loss of 329 lives.
Many of the victims' relatives, in emotional testimony last month, complained they felt like "second-class citizens" and received little help in the days and weeks following the attack.
05/11/06 Jim Brown/Canadian Press/, Canada
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