Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Air India Bomb Maker Asks Supreme Court of Canada to Review Perjury Conviction

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Air India Bomb Maker Asks Supreme Court of Canada to Review Perjury Conviction

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Reyat appeals perjury conviction

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VANCOUVER - Inderjit Singh Reyat is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn a perjury conviction for his testimony at the Air India bombing trial, further prolonging a saga that began with the deaths of 329 people in the skies over the Atlantic Ocean nearly three decades ago.

Reyat, who himself pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in the bombing, was convicted of perjury in September 2010 and later sentenced to nine years in prison -- believed to be the longest perjury sentence in Canadian history.

He was accused of lying 19 times during the 2003 trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri, who were acquitted of mass murder and conspiracy in the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985. The bombing killed 329 people, mostly Canadian citizens, while another explosion at an airport in Tokyo killed two baggage handlers.

Reyat fought his perjury conviction at the B.C. Court of Appeal, but that case was rejected this past July. Reyat is now asking the country's highest court to hear the case.

A notice of application, filed on Sept. 27, repeats Reyat's argument that the judge made a mistake in his instructions to the jury.

Reyat's lawyer has argued the judge was wrong to tell the members of the jury they didn't have to agree on which specific lie Reyat told, as long as they each agreed that he lied during the trial.

"The necessary elements or ingredients for the offence of perjury are entirely consistent among the 19 particulars to the indictment, and there was evidence on which the jury could have found each to have been proven," the court said in its decision, dated July 19.

Perviz Madon, whose husband Sam was among the victims aboard Flight 182, said news of Reyat's application once again opens painful wounds she'd rather not think about.

"I almost didn't want to call you," she told a reporter in an interview. …

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