The Air India Inquiry – May 16, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 16, 2007 (Part 1 of 3)

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

Witnesses : Daniel Lalonde, Dale Mattson

Daniel Lalonde (a former employee of Burns Security) testifies under direct examination by Commission Lead Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Mr. Lalonde describes his training and experience as an airport security officer for Burns Security in 1985; his observation of an abnormally large security presence at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport on the evening of June 22, 1985; his work searching Air India flight 182 passengers and their belongings at Mirabel on that evening; the discovery of three suspicious pieces of luggage; and his impression that airline officials were reluctant to delay the departure of Air India flight 182 to check luggage. Norman Boxall (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Lalonde, asking about the training he received from Burns Security. Carol McCall (Counsel for Air India) and Loretta Colton (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examine Mr. Lalonde. Mr. Freiman reads into the record a statement given to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) by the late John D’Souza, who was Air India’s chief of security in June 1985. Mr. Freiman reads into the record a statement by J. N. Leblanc, an RCMP sergeant on duty at Mirabel on June 22, 1985. Ms. Colton makes remarks to clarify the statement by Mr. D’Souza. Dale Mattson (a former employee of Transport Canada and manager of safety and security at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 1985) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor about Transport Canada’s handling of airport security in the spring of 1985.