Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182
Witnesses: Gary Bass, Jim Cunningham
Gary Bass (Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)) continues testimony. Under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman, Mr. Bass describes his involvement with the RCMP’s Air India task force, the rejuvenation of the investigation, and his own work in shepherding the investigation through the trial of Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik. Mr. Freiman asks Mr. Bass a about RCMP knowledge of intercepts (wiretap recordings) made by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) of individuals associated with suspects in the bombing of Air India flight 182. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) and Charleen Brenzall (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examine Mr. Bass. Mr. Shore asks Mr. Bass about intimidation within the Sikh and Indo-Canadian communities in Canada. Jim Cunningham (a member of the RCMP) testifies. Under direct examination by Mr. Freiman, Mr. Cunningham describes cooperation between CSIS and the RCMP in the 1980s and 1990s, the RCMP’s reliance on a manual system for organizing information at the time of the Air India investigation, and other matters related to the Air India investigation. Mr. Shore and Ms. Brenzall briefly cross-examine Mr. Cunningham.