The Air India Inquiry – April 30, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

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The Air India Inquiry – April 30, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

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

Witness: Rick Crook

Mark J. Freiman, Commission Lead Counsel, provides an update on the Commission’s progress in obtaining documents from the government. He then speaks about the Commission’s mandate and outlines evidence that Commission Counsel intends to introduce in the following days. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) and Barney Brucker (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) make brief remarks. Rick Crook (a former member of the Vancouver Police Department) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor about an alleged November 1984 plot to bomb Air India flight 182 and an interview he conducted in 1984 of an individual with knowledge potentially relating to the bombing. Mr. Kapoor asks Mr. Crook a series of detailed questions about a transcript of the interview. In the course of the examination, Charleen Brenzall (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) raises concerns about the possible public naming of an individual mentioned in the transcript. Mr. Shore cross-examines Mr. Crook, asking him about the Vancouver Police Department’s response to the information learned through Mr. Crook’s 1984 interview. Soma Ray-Ellis (Counsel for Air India) cross-examines Mr. Crook, who admits to not having told Air India about the bomb threat mentioned in the interview. Ms. Brenzall cross-examines Mr. Crook about the nature and mandate of the Criminal Intelligence Service British Columbia (CISBC) and Mr. Crook’s impressions of the veracity of information he obtained from the interview.