The Air India Inquiry – December 5, 2007 (Part 3 of 4)

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The Air India Inquiry – December 5, 2007 (Part 3 of 4)

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

Witnesses: Herbert Vaney, Jainul Abid, Rajesh Chopra

Herbert Vaney (former Area Sales Manager in Toronto for Air India) continues testimony. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Vaney, asking him about his experience as a representative of Air India in Toronto in the months prior to the bombing of Air India flight 182. Mr. Shore also asks about apparent confusion over Mr. Vaney’s responsibilities related to security in 1985. Raj Anand (Counsel for Lata Pada and other victims’ relatives) and Soma Ray-Ellis (Counsel for Air India) cross-examine Mr. Vaney. Jainul Abid (a former air-traffic and sales representative for Air India stationed at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport) testifies. Under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor, the witness speaks about his learning of the presence of three suspicious bags on Air India flight 182 and about his responsibilities for Air India in relation to security. Mr. Shore and Mr. Anand cross-examine the witness. Commissioner John C. Major asks some brief questions, confirming inconsistencies in statements made to police by John D’Souza, Air India’s chief of security in June 1985. Rajesh Chopra (Air India) testifies under direct examination by Mr. Kapoor about various aspects of Air India’s security plan in the early 1980s. Mr. Shore cross-examines Mr. Chopra.