Reyat`s trial in Kanishka bombing case deferred till May 18
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 00:11
Toronto: The trial of Inderjit Singh Reyat, accused of lying under oath during his testimony in the Air India plane Kanishka bombing case, in a case of alleged perjury has been deferred yet again till May 18.

Reyat was charged four years ago with lying 27 times during his testimony at the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri, both of whom were acquitted of involvement in the Kanishka bombings.

The trial was scheduled to begin last Monday after at least three adjournments. But in a rare action, the entire jury was dismissed over an apparent racial remark by a juror that the judge feared had tainted other members of the jury.

The judge reset jury selection for Monday, with a trial set for March 22.

But lawyers for the Crown and defence appeared before BC Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan Friday asking that the case be put off again.

Ian Donaldson, a lawyer for Reyat, apologised to the court on Friday and said the earliest he would be available only in May. After a short discussion, the judge agreed to adjourn the matter until May 17 for jury selection, with the trial to open May 21.


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 00:11

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