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.