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Inquiries on CPAC - The Air India Inquiry – October 25, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

Witnesses: Graham F. Pinos, Georgina Graham

Graham F. Pinos (a former employee of the Department of Justice) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Brian Gover. Mr. Pinos is asked to elaborate on his earlier testimony concerning a June 1985 conversation in Los Angeles, California, with Mel Deschesnes (the director-general of the counter-terrorism branch of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)), in which Mr. Deschesnes allegedly spoke about Sikh extremists in Canada plotting the bombing of an Air India flight. Mr. Pinos recalls further statements by Mr. Deschesnes about rogue elements of the Indian security service operating in the Sikh community in Canada. In the course of cross-examination by Tracey McCann (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada), Mr. Pinos becomes increasingly agitated and apparent inconsistencies are revealed in Mr. Pinos’s testimony and in earlier statements to the prosecutor in the Air India trial. The Commission hears testimony from Georgina Graham (Global Head, Security and Facilitation, International Air Transport Association (IATA)). Under direct examination Mr. Gover, Ms. Graham speaks about the relationship between IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ICAO’s and IATA’s respective mandates, and a variety of related matters. Mr. Gover reviews written responses submitted by Ms. Graham on behalf of IATA and Commissioner John C. Major asks the witness brief questions. Ms. Graham briefly discusses the role of IATA Operation Safety Audits as an enforcement mechanism at IATA’s disposal with respect to its member airlines. Raj Anand (Counsel for Lata Pada and other victims’ relatives) cross-examines the witness.

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