The Air India Inquiry – May 23, 2007 (Part 1 of 4)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 23, 2007 (Part 1 of 4)

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

Witness: Brian Simpson

Commission Lead Counsel Mark J. Freiman reads into the record two statements made in the summer of 1985 by Michael Chufreda (a supervisor for Burns Security at Toronto Pearson International Airport) describing alleged orders by John D’Souza, Air India’s chief of security at the time, to speed up the security screening of passenger luggage for Air India flight 182. Carol McCall (Counsel for Air India) objects to the reading of Mr. Churfreda’s statements into the record and Commissioner John C. Major overrules Ms. McCall’s objection. Mr. Freiman continues to present and discuss different documents pertaining to threats to Air India in 1985 and problems with Air India’s x-ray machine on June 22, 1985. Loretta Colton, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, makes brief remarks. Brian Simpson (a former employee of Toronto Pearson International Airport) testifies. Under direct examination by Mr. Freiman, Mr. Simpson describes his access, as a member of the airport’s cleaning staff, to Air India flight 182 prior to the aircraft’s loading, including complete access to the empty passenger cabin and the cockpit, without being questioned by security personnel.