The Air India Inquiry – November 22, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

Inquiries on CPAC

The Air India Inquiry – November 22, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

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

Witnesses: Kent Roach, Norman Inkster

Kent Roach (University of Toronto Faculty of Law) continues to testify under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Mr. Freiman asks about Mr. Roach’s work on anti-terrorism law and policy, focusing on the relationship between intelligence and evidence as they pertain to the investigation of terrorist activities. Mr. Roach draws comparisons on the subject between Canada and other countries, including Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Norman Inkster (former Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)) testifies under direct examination by Mr. Freiman about his efforts to recruit members of visible minorities into the RCMP. Mr. Inkster discusses the challenge posed by a lack of Punjabi-speaking RCMP officers for the establishment of relations with the Indo-Canadian and Sikh communities in the early 1980s. Mr. Freiman also asks Mr. Inkster about the relationship between the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Norman Boxall (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) and Charleen Brensall (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examine Mr. Inkster.