The Air India Inquiry – May 24, 2007 (Part 4 of 4)

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The Air India Inquiry – May 24, 2007 (Part 4 of 4)

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

Witnesses: Axel Hovbrender, Bob Stubbings

Axel Hovbrender (Vancouver Police Department) continues his testimony, with Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor continuing his examination. Questions focus on the extent to which the Vancouver Integrated Intelligence Unit (VIIU) sought to cultivate relationships with members of the East Indian community and the Sikh community in particular. Mr. Hovbrender is asked about distrust of the police by members of the East Indian community and about fear among some members of the East Indian community in Canada that providing the authorities with information about Sikh extremism might endanger them and their family members in Canada and in India. Jacques Shore, Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association, cross-examines Mr. Hovbrender about the effects of the creation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) on the operational activities of the Vancouver Police Department and the VIIU. Mr. Shore also asks about intelligence gathering related to Sikh extremism. Loretta Colton, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, cross-examines Mr. Hovbrender. Bob Stubbings testifies about his work with Criminal Intelligence Service British Columbia (CISBC) from December 1980 to June 1985. Mr. Shore makes brief remarks. Charleen Brenzall, Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada, briefly cross-examines Mr. Stubbings, asking him about his work as a special constable at Vancouver International Airport.