Kanishka bomber appeals nine-year sentence

Inderjit Singh Reyat, the lone man convicted in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing case, has filed a petition challenging his nine-year sentence in Canada`s worst terror attack.

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 00:23 AM IST

Toronto: Inderjit Singh Reyat, the lone
man convicted in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing case, has
filed a petition challenging his nine-year sentence in
Canada`s worst terror attack.

Reyat`s lawyer Ian Donaldson claims British Columbia
Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan made several mistakes,
including misdirecting the jury, at Reyat`s perjury trial last
year, according to media reports.

Reyat was the only person convicted in the 1985
bombing that killed 329 people on Air India Flight 182 from
Montreal to Delhi.

A second bomb exploded prematurely the same day,
killing two baggage handlers at Tokyo`s Narita Airport.

He was later convicted of lying under oath at another
trial of two men acquitted in planning the bombs and was
handed nine years in prison.

Reyat`s decision shows a "complete lack of remorse"
for his role in the deadly attack, according to Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) officer Gary Bass.

The jury found that Reyat lied when called as a Crown
witness in the 2003 trial of two others accused, Ripudaman
Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in the Air India bombing,
considered the biggest mass murder in Canadian history.
Both men were later acquitted.

Reyat had earlier agreed to testify truthfully in
exchange for a manslaughter guilty plea over the deadly blast
and a five-year jail term.

PTI