The Air India Inquiry – May 23, 2007 (Part 2 of 4)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 23, 2007 (Part 2 of 4)

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

Witness: Brian Simpson

Brian Simpson (a former employee of Toronto Pearson International Airport) continues his testimony before the Commission. Jacques Shore, Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association, cross-examines Mr. Simpson, asking him about his knowledge of possible additional security measures implemented with respect to Air India flight 182, about whether or not he had been briefed about threats to Air India flights, and about his own opinions concerning security provisions at Toronto Pearson International Airport in June 1985. Mr. Shore also raises concerns about the heavy redaction of newly released documents. Carol McCall (Counsel for Air India) cross-examines Mr. Simpson, asking him about Air Canada’s role in operating the terminal out of which Air India flight 182 flew, about his own boarding of the Air India flight 182 aircraft without formal authorization, and about various security provisions for airport personnel at Pearson. Loretta Colton (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examines Mr. Simpson, questioning the accuracy of his testimony in light of previous statements by airport staff and by Burns Security agents. Ms. Colton suggests that Mr. Simpson’s recollection of events is wrong and Mr. Simpson disagrees. Darren Smith, Counsel for the Air India Cabin Crew Association, briefly cross-examines Mr. Simpson. Mark J. Freiman, Commission Lead Counsel, asks Mr. Simpson some brief concluding questions.