Monday, November 13, 2017

How the 1985 Air India bombing could tie into the 2019 federal election in Canada

Not long after Jagmeet Singh was elected NDP leader, he sat down for an interview with the CBC's Terry Milewski in early October.

The veteran journalist had spent a great deal of time covering the aftermath of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985. It killed all 329 passengers and crew.

Milewski was the lead CBC national TV reporter on this story nearly 20 years later when B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Bruce Josephson acquitted businessman Ripudaman Malik and Kamloops mill worker and Sikh preacher Ajaib Singh Bagri on 329 charges of first-degree murder.

The pair were also acquitted in the deaths of two Japanese baggage handles at Narita Airport in Japan in a separate bombing incident targeting an Air India plane.

A third accused man, bomb-maker Inderjit Singh Reyat, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of 329 passengers and crew. He was sentenced to five years in jail.
12/11/17 Charlie Smith/Straight