The Air India Inquiry – September 19, 2007 (Part 2 of 2)

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The Air India Inquiry – September 19, 2007 (Part 2 of 2)

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

Witness: James Warren

James Warren (a former member of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS)) continues his testimony before the Commission under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Mr. Freiman asks Mr. Warren a lengthy series of questions about the circumstances of the destruction of CSIS wiretap recordings potentially related to the investigation into the Air India disaster and an explosion at Tokyo Narita International Airport on June 23, 1985. Mr. Warren speaks about various legal and jurisdictional issues related to the mandates of CSIS and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), particularly in relation to CSIS’s sharing of information with the RCMP in the Air India investigation. He also describes differences between the RCMP and CSIS in the handling of possible evidence. Mr. Warren reiterates his wish, in hindsight, that the wiretap recordings in question had not been erased. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Warren, asking him about the specific, primary mandate of CSIS. He also asks Mr. Warren a series of questions concerning his work with CSIS. Tracey McCann (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examines Mr. Warren. Mr. Freiman asks the witness some brief follow-up questions.