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

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

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

Witness : James K. Bartleman

Mark J. Freiman, Commission Lead Counsel, provides an update on documents recently entered into evidence. Barney Brucker, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, makes brief remarks and a procedural discussion ensues. The Commission hears testimony by James K. Bartleman (Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, formerly with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the former director-general of the Intelligence Analysis and Security Bureau in the Department of External Affairs). Mr. Bartleman speaks about the structure of the Department of External Affairs and the political and intelligence analysis and security work of the department in the early 1980s. He also discusses the Canadian intelligence and security communities in Canada in the early 1980s. Mr. Bartleman reveals a link between an attack on the Turkish embassy in Ottawa by the Armenian Revolutionary Army in March 1985 and the bombing of Air India flight 182 in July 1985. He claims that a diplomatic note sent by the Turkish embassy to the Department of External Affairs warning of a potential attack was disregarded and not forwarded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Mr. Bartleman claims that he proposed an ad-hoc working group to examine increasing threats against Indian diplomatic and commercial interests in May 1985. He recalls agreement on the part of the RCMP, CSIS, and other interested government agencies and parties about the need to establish such a group.