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Bail denied to Air India bomber Inderjit Singh Reyat
Posted by: Ekta Singh (IP Logged)
Date: March 08, 2008 06:48AM

VANCOUVER, Canada (AFP) - Convicted Air India terrorist bomber Inderjit Singh Reyat will stay in jail until his trial for perjury begins next year, a judge ruled Friday in this western Canadian city.

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"The bail was denied," said prosecution spokesman Neil MacKenzie.

Reyat, 55, will go on trial on January 19, 2009 on one charge of perjury related to his testimony at the terrorist trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri.

Malik and Bagri were acquitted in 2005 after prosecutors failed to convince a judge they were part of a lethal conspiracy to bomb two Air India planes, in revenge for an Indian government crackdown on Sikh fundamentalism.

Two Japanese workers died when a bomb exploded June 23, 1985, at Japan's Narita airport as they loaded baggage onto an Air India plane. On the same day, a bomb exploded aboard Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard.

Reyat, who has been in jail since 1988, had already been convicted of manslaughter for the Japanese murders when he was charged alongside Malik and Bagri in the Flight 182 murders.

But in a controversial bargain with prosecutors, Reyat plead guilty to manslaughter related to Flight 182 in return for a five-year jail sentence and the understanding, according to a prosecution spokesman, that he would testify truthfully if called as a witness in Malik and Bagri's trial.

The judge who acquitted Malik and Bagri called Reyat's testimony "a pack of lies."

Reyat's jail sentence for his previous convictions ended earlier this year, but prosecutors had asked a judge to order him kept in jail until his perjury trial. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.

The details of the bail hearing cannot be reported because of a publication ban.

Generally, under Canadian law bail is only denied if the suspect is considered a flight risk, if they're considered a crime threat, or if a judge decides it is necessary to maintain the confidence and administration of justice.

[uk.news.yahoo.com]

 





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