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Inquiries on CPAC - The Air India Inquiry – May 1, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)


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

Witness : Don McLean

Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor makes opening remarks and a brief procedural discussion ensues. Don McLean (a former member of the Vancouver Police Department and part of the department’s Indo-Canadian liaison team) testifies. Under direct examination by Mr. Kapoor, Mr. McLean describes about his knowledge of militants within the Sikh community and other intelligence gathered prior to the bombing of Air India flight 182. Mr. Kapoor asks Mr. McLean about the sharing of intelligence related to Sikh extremism among various police and intelligence agencies. Mr. McLean discusses, in hindsight, what he might have done differently in his investigations into Sikh extremism and specifically the International Sikh Youth Federation in Canada prior to the bombing. Under cross-examination by Norman Boxall (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association), Mr. McLean speaks about the mandate of the Vancouver Police Department’s Indo-Canadian liaison team, about the Vancouver Police Department’s understanding of the phenomenon of Sikh extremism in the early 1980s, and about warnings and tips he received about a potential terrorist act two weeks prior to the Air India bombing. Soma Ray-Ellis, Counsel for Air India, cross-examines Mr. McLean, who admits that there was no communication from him to Air India regarding any threat to an Air India flight. Under cross-examination by Loretta Colton (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada), Mr. McLean discusses information he gathered relating to Sikh extremism and a potential attack on an Air India flight, how the information was obtained, and who had access to the information. Mr. Kapoor presents a series of documents from various government, police, and intelligence sources related to information on Sikh extremism and the bombing of Air India flight 182. He reviews the documents in open session before the Commissio


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