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

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

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

Witnesses: Rodney Wallis, Moses Aleman, Peter St. John, Reg Whitaker, Jacques Bourgault, Chern Heed

Commissioner John C. Major makes remarks responding to a letter from counsel for Air Canada indicating Air Canada’s refusal to testify before the Commission on matters related to aviation security. Commissioner Major asks Commission Counsel Brian Gover to inform Air Canada of his intention to issue a subpoena, if necessary, to compel an Air Canada representative to testify before the Commission. Rodney Wallis (an international civil aviation security consultant), Moses Aleman (a civil aviation security expert), and Peter St. John (University of Manitoba) continue to testify as a panel before the Commission. The witnesses explain the evolution of aviation terrorism and developments in civil aviation safety and security. They discuss specifics related to various acts of aviation terrorism, the mandate and role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention), which outlines various measures to prevent and suppress illegal acts against civil aviation. Raj Anand (Counsel for Lata Pada and other victims’ families) cross-examines the panel, asking about Annex 17 and related issues. Sandy Graham, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, asks about the supposed laxity of Canada’s system of airport safety and security in 1985. Reg Whitaker (York University), Jacques Bourgault (Université du Québec à Montréal), and Chern Heed (an airport consultant) testify as a panel. Under direct examination by Mr. Gover, the witnesses discuss airport security procedures in the early 1980s