Kanishka bombing: Chronology of events

Following is the chronology of major events in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing incident:

Following is the chronology of major events in the
1985 Air India Kanishka bombing incident:

June 23, 1985: Air India Flight 182 leaves Toronto and
explodes near Ireland, killing 329 people 278 of them
Canadians. Less than one hour before the blast, two baggage
handlers at Tokyo`s Narita airport are killed when a bag
explodes as it is being transferred to an Air India flight.

November 8, 1985: Talwinder Singh Parmar and Inderjit
Singh Reyat arrested by the Canadian police in connection with
bombings. Charges are dropped against Parmar. Reyat is fined
for a minor, unrelated charge.

January 22, 1986: Canadian Aviation Safety Board
concludes a bomb brought down the jet.

February 1988: Reyat is arrested by police in
Coventry, England, where he moved with his wife and children
in 1986.

December 8, 1989: British authorities sign an
extradition order for Reyat following a lengthy court battle.

May 10, 1991: Reyat, an electrician from the Vancouver
Island community of Duncan, BC, is sentenced to 10 years in
prison on manslaughter and explosives charges related to the
Narita bombing.

May 1995: Canadian police offer a USD 1-million reward
for help catching the Kanishka bombers.

March 7, 1998: National Parole Board panel denies
Reyat early release.

October 27, 2000: Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman
Singh Malik are arrested and charged with first-degree murder,
attempted murder and conspiracy.

June 4, 2001: British government grants permission for
Reyat to be charged in Air India blast.

June 6, 2001: Reyat is charged in Air India Flight 182
bombing just days before his 10-year sentence for his role in
the Narita bombing is up. He remains in custody.

February 10, 2003: Reyat pleads guilty to one count of
manslaughter and is sentenced to five years.

April 28, 2003: Bagri and Malik are set to go on trial
before a judge alone in BC Supreme Court.

November 2003: Star witness against Malik testifies
the accused confessed his involvement in the bombing on at
least two occasions.
December 3, 2004: Crown and defence rest in what`s
come to be called the bloodiest terror case in Canadian
history. The trial ranks among the longest and most expensive
Canada has ever seen.

March 16, 2005: British Columbia Supreme Court Justice
Ian Josephson acquits Malik and Bagri, saying he found the
main witnesses in the case not credible.

April 26, 2005: Federal government appoints Bob Rae,
the former Ontario premier, to look into whether Ottawa should
call a public inquiry into the Air India investigation.

January 6, 2006: Reyat charged with perjury,
prosecutors allege he lied 27 times during testimony at the
trials of Malik and Bagri.

May 1, 2006: Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls for
public inquiry into the Air India bombing, overruling the
previous government?s decision.

September 25, 2006: former Supreme Court Justice John
Major begins hearing evidence in public inquiry.

February 15, 2008: Major concludes hearings in Air
India public inquiry.

July 9, 2008: British Columbia court of appeal grants
bail to Reyat, clearing the way for his release from prison.

July 28, 2009: Commission of inquiry says draft of
final report is complete.

December 16, 2009: Lawyer says report from public
inquiry slated for release in early 2010.

March 4, 2010: jury selection completed for Reyat
perjury trial.

March 8: Comments from one juror in Reyat?s perjury
trial raise concerns with the presiding judge, who dismisses
the entire jury on the first day of the trial.

June 11: Reyat`s perjury trial deferred to September.

June 17 : Kanishka bombing Commission to release its
report.

PTI

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