Air India Bombing: Canadian Supreme Court Rejects Inderjit Singh Reyat’s Plea

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | January 25, 2013 11:24 PM EST

Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only man convicted in the bombing of an Air India flight in 1985, was sentenced to nine years Friday as the Canadian Supreme Court rejected his bid to appeal against a perjury conviction.

The court gave no reasons for its decision, which is normal in cases where parties are seeking appeal,  Vancouver Sun has reported.

Inderjit Singh was sentenced to five years in February 2003 when he pleaded guilty of his role in the Air India bombing.

In September 2003, he was called as a witness against his co-accused Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri. On Sept. 18, 2010, Inderjit was proved of lying repeatedly during the trails.

The two men had been charged in connection with the Air India bombing,and of an explosion the same day that killed two baggage handlers at Narita Airport in Tokyo. However, as a result of Inderjit's repeatedly lying, the two men were eventually acquitted.

In 2011, Justice Mark McEwan sentenced Inderjit to nine years, describing him as a "remorseless man" who deserved a lengthy term to "deter other terrorists from undermining the judicial system by perjuring themselves."

"The court simply can't leave the impression with would-be terrorists or the public at large that it will tolerate determined subversion of the premises upon which the whole justice system operates," the Vancouver Sun quoted McEwan as saying.

Reyat was mainly sentenced for making the bomb that brought down the Air India flight and for making another one that exploded in Tokyo.

Air India Flight 182 was blown up in the air June 23, 1985, while it was flying from Montreal to New Delhi. As many as 329 people, including 268 Canadians, 27 British citizens and 24 Indians, were killed in the bombing. 

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