Canadian guilty of perjury in terrorism case

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 18, 2010 23:12

VANCOUVER, British Columbia— The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people off the coast of Ireland was found guilty Saturday of perjury during the trial.

The British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Inderjit Singh Reyat guilty of lying under oath during his testimony in the trial against his alleged co-conspirators in the plot, Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik. They were acquitted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in 2005 after a trial lasting almost two years.

The maximum sentence for perjury is 14 years in jail, but sentences are more routinely in the range of two to three years.

Flight 182 from Montreal, Quebec, to Heathrow, London, disappeared from radar off the Irish coast June 23, 1985, when a bomb exploded and killed all 329 people on board.

Reyat was convicted for his role in gathering materials for the bomb and was sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in February 2003.

He was charged with perjury in 2006. He has been out of prison on bail since July 2008.


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