Thursday, December 29, 2016

Air India plane terrorist bids to return to Midlands home after being freed from jail

A terrorist bomb-maker is bidding to return to the West Midlands after serving 21 years in a Canadian prison for his part in one of the deadliest airline attacks in history.

Inderjit Singh Reyat was the only person to be convicted over the 1985 Air India atrocity which claimed 331 lives.
Former Jaguar Land Rover worker Reyat was released in January after serving six years of a nine year sentence for perjury.
A Sikh immigrant to Canada, he previously served more than 15 years in prison for making the bombs that were placed into two suitcases and planted on planes leaving Vancouver.

One bomb blew up Air IndiaFlight 182 as it neared the coast or Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard.

The second exploded at Japan’s Narita airport, killing two baggage handlers as they transferred cargo.
The attack took place during an Indian crackdown on Sikhs fighting for an independent homeland.

It was alleged to be in revenge for the storming of the Sikh religion's holiest shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar by Indian troops in June 1984.
Reyat has been ordered to live at a halfway house until August 2018, when his perjury sentence would normally expire, and abide by several conditions set by the parole board, including having no contact with victims’ families or alleged former co-conspirators, and no political activities.

He must also obtain counseling to address violent tendencies, a lack of empathy and “cognitive distortions."
A family friend said Reyat had now formally requested that he be allowed to return to the West Midlands after completing his sentence. He had previously lived in Coventry.

The supporter, who did not want to be named, said: "He has a lot of family and friends in the Midlands and wants to return to live a quiet and unobtrusive life which is impossible now for him in Canada.
29/12/16 Birmingham Mail
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