The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a perjury conviction for Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person convicted in the Air India bombings.
Mr. Reyat was convicted in November 2010 after testifying at the September 2003 trial of Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik, who were acquitted of mass murder and conspiracy in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182. Mr. Reyat said he knew nothing of it.
A judge found Mr. Reyat had lied 19 times and handed him a nine-year sentence for perjury. Until then, the longest perjury sentence ever handed down in Canada was six years for a case in Alberta.
The twin bombings occurred on June 23, 1985, on opposite sides of the world. Police believe both bombs were put on flights leaving Vancouver by members of a Vancouver-based radical Sikh separatist group fighting with the government of India.
An explosion at Tokyo's Narita airport killed two baggage handlers. Less than an hour later, a mid-air explosion aboard an Air India flight from Canada to England killed 329 passengers and crew members. The bombings remain the deadliest terrorist attacks in Canadian history.
Mr. Reyat served a 10-year sentence in the deaths of the baggage handlers.
More to come.