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
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
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
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