`Give Reyat 14-yr jail for perjury in Kanishka trial`

A Canadian Court has been asked to send Inderjit Singh Reyat, who has spent two decades in prison for his role in the bombing of AI Kanishka, to 14 years in jail, the maximum sentence, for telling lies under oath during the trial.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 12:53 PM IST

Toronto: A Canadian Court has been asked to send Inderjit Singh Reyat, who has spent two decades in prison for his role in the bombing of Air India Kanishka, to 14 years in jail, the maximum sentence, for telling lies under oath during the trial.

"The sentence should `broach` the maximum sentence of 14 years for perjury especially because Reyat has not admitted to his role in the horrific disaster or provided information
about others who may have been involved," Global and Mail reported from Vancouver quoting Special prosecutor Len Doust.

If Reyat had been truthful in his testimony in 2003, Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik may have been convicted at the Air India trial, Doust told the British
Columbia Supreme Court.

Malik and Bagri were acquitted of all charges.
Reyat was contemptuous of the whole process in the
most significant criminal case in Canada`s history, according
to Doust.

Reyat`s lawyer Ian Donaldson previously indicated he
intended to propose a sentence of three years.
Reyat has been held in custody since he was convicted
of perjury in a jury trial in September.

He spent 20 years in prison - from 1988 to 2008 - for
the manslaughter of 331 people in the explosion of the Air
India flight, operating on the Montreal-London-Delhi route, on
June 23, 1985.

PTI