The Air India Inquiry – November 20, 2007 (Part 2 of 2)

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The Air India Inquiry – November 20, 2007 (Part 2 of 2)

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

Witnesses: Bruce MacFarlane, Marc Beaulieu, Pierre-Côme Jobin, Catherine Piché

Bruce MacFarlane (University of Manitoba) continues testimony describing his study, produced at the request of the Commission, on the structural aspects of terrorist trials and the adequacy of Canadian laws and practices for dealing with terrorist trials. Matthew Sullivan (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examines Mr. MacFarlane about his recommendation calling for the ability of an accused to re-elect a trial before a judge alone following a direct indictment. A lengthy discussion ensues. Commission Counsel Michel Dorval asks some follow-up questions. Commissioner John C. Major asks several detailed questions. The Commission proceeds to hear testimony from a panel from the Quebec Ministry of Public Security, including Marc Beaulieu, Pierre-Côme Jobin, and Catherine Piché. The witnesses describe their experiences as special constables dealing with long and complex criminal trials.