The Air India Inquiry – May 28, 2007 (Part 1 of 4)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 28, 2007 (Part 1 of 4)

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

Witness: Lloyd Hickman

Commissioner John C. Major makes remarks rejecting the Government of Canada’s argument that Air India’s consent is required to release the contents of a report entitled “The Report of the CATSA Act” that pertain to Air India. The Commissioner reads from a press report in which Soma Ray-Ellis (Counsel for Air India) is quoted making comments critical of the Commission and claiming that Air India is being made a scapegoat. The Commissioner deems the comments to be inappropriate. Barney Brucker, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, responds to the Commissioner’s remarks about “The Report of the CATSA Act” and its release. Jacques Shore, Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association, makes remarks in support of the Commissioner’s comments. Lloyd Hickman (a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) VIP security branch) testifies. Under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor, Mr. Hickman speaks about the sharing of information between the newly created Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the RCMP. Mr. Kapoor asks Mr. Hickman about a meeting he attended in May 1985 with James K. Bartleman (a former director-general of the Intelligence Analysis and Security Bureau in the Department of External Affairs) and about various systems for tracking known threats to Canada and Canada’s national interests.