The Air India Inquiry – May 22, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 22, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

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

Witness : Robert Burgoyne

Commission Lead Counsel Mark J. Freiman makes remarks concerning the ability of Mel Deschesnes to testify before the Commission and a discussion ensues. Robert Burgoyne (a former member of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)) continues testimony. Under examination by Mr. Freiman, Mr. Burgoyne describes the relationship between the so-called “Sikh desk” at CSIS and the threat assessment unit at CSIS. He also speaks about intelligence related to threats against Air India in the early 1980s. Jacques Shore, Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association, cross-examines Mr. Burgoyne about his work on the Sikh desk, the source of information concerning threats to Air India, and related matters. Carol McCall, Counsel for Air India, cross-examines Mr. Burgoyne. Tracey McCann (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examines Mr. Burgoyne. In the course of questioning by Ms. McCann, Mr. Burgoyne indicates that, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing, no one at CSIS claimed to have prior knowledge of a specific threat against Air India flight 182. Mr. Freiman asks Mr. Burgoyne about anomalies in a transcription of a CSIS threat assessment originally written by Mr. Burgoyne. The Commissioner asks the witness some brief questions about his role and his authority at CSIS.