The Air India Inquiry – November 30, 2007 (Part 3 of 3)

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The Air India Inquiry – November 30, 2007 (Part 3 of 3)

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

Witnesses: Gérard Normand, John Norris, Kent Roach, George Dolhi

The Commission hears testimony from a panel of witnesses on the subject of section 38 of the Canada Evidence Act and the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in William B. Stinchcombe versus Her Majesty the Queen (R. v. Stinchcombe, 1991). The witnesses include Gérard Normand (a former member of the National Security Working Group), John Norris (Ruby & Edwardh), Kent Roach (University of Toronto Faculty of Law), and George Dolhi (Public Prosecution Service of Canada). Under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman, the witnesses speak in detail about the about the requirement that the Crown disclose all relevant information to the defence. They are asked about the definition of “relevant information” and about the authority to decide on relevance. Commissioner John C. Major asks several questions in the course of the witnesses’ testimony. Barney Brucker (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) briefly cross-examines the witnesses.