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Gasps of shock greeted B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Bruce Josephson's verdict that Ripudaman Singh Malik, 58, and Ajaib Singh Bagri, 55, were not guilty of conspiring to blow up two Air-India planes on June 23, 1985, in the worst mass murder in Canadian history.
In a summary of his findings, Judge Josephson pointed to inconsistencies in the evidence of three key Crown witnesses, including a woman who is now in the witness protection program who said Mr. Malik
confessed to her on more than one occasion.
Relatives of Mr. Malik
and Mr. Bagri cheered and smiled, embracing each other outside the courtroom.
said nothing as he
left the courthouse and got into a new Mercedes with family members.
A woman who became the trial's key witness testified Mr. Malik
confessed to her his
involvement in the bombing plot because they shared a deep platonic love.
The woman was a daycare supervisor at Surrey's Khalsa School
boss became best friends.
But the court heard that the friendship began to sour in 1996 when she
confronted Mr. Malik
treatment of a student who had attempted suicide because teachers accused her
of cutting her
hair, which is against Sikh doctrine.
"If one child dies for Sikhism, so what," she
quoted Mr. Malik
as saying."Others will learn not to break the rules."He
then took credit for the more than 300 deaths in the Air-India bombing, she
said, quoting him as saying: 'We had Air-India crash.Nobody, nobody can do anything.It is all for Sikhism.' "
Another school volunteer, Narinder Singh Gill, testified Mr. Malik
warned him not to co-operate with the police in the Air-India investigation.
Two other men, whose names are protected by publication bans, said they were each approached by Mr. Malik
in the months before the bombings and asked to carry suitcases to the airport.
Ripudaman Singh Malik, the ...
Ripudaman Singh Malik, the millionaire founder of Surrey's Khalsa School and Surrey-based Khalsa Credit Union, and co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri, a Kamloops sawmill worker, were found not guilty at the close of Canada's longest and most expensive trial.
Mr. Ripudaman Singh ...
Mr. Ripudaman Singh Malik
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Rappointment of Malik was not the only inappropriate board decision cited.
Of a series of poor board decisions, including the re-appointment of Ripudaman Singh Malik
acquittal in the Air India bombing case, a commission has ruled.
The board's decision to make Malik
a director in May 2005 despite a B.C. Supreme Court
ruling in 2003 that he
had misled the court in a bid to get legal aid by diminishing the value of his
assets to make himself look broke.
The Board of Directors appointment of Ripudaman S. Malik
as a director when the Board knew or reasonably ought to have known, of his
unsuitability for that position.
"Not only did she
not believe Mr. Malik's
evidence, but she
found that facts had been manipulated and there was evidence of collusion," the FICom panel found in its 50-page decision.
was re-appointed to the board even though the government supervisor expressed concerns to directors about the move.
Malik is not currently a KCU director.
was removed by a separate order of the superintendent of FICom last November, which said he
was unsuitable for the position because of the Stromberg-Stein ruling, as well as a number of other issues, including his
link to the Babbar Khalsa terrorist group.
won a court ruling last month that he
was ousted before he
had a fair chance to defend himself.
But the judge also said FICom could continue its investigations into his suitability to be a director of the credit union he founded in 1986.
has since confirmed that he
signed a Babbar Khalsa membership application just three weeks before the Air India bombing and gave a donation to the group, which was founded by the late Talwinder Singh Parmar.
was acquitted in the Air India case, the trial judge accepted that Parmar had masterminded the terrorist bombings that left 331 dead.
Gregor Robertson photographed with ...
Gregor Robertson photographed with Ripudaman Singh Malik
Gregor Robertson photographed with Ripudaman Singh Malik
Now a photo of Mayor Gregor Robertson and Malik taken on March 13, 2010 has surfaced.
We're advised that just prior to this photo, both the Mayor and councillor Raymond Louie (also in attendance) shook the hands of Malik in plain view of those in attendance.
has had direct links with both the Khalsa Credit Union
and the Khalsa schools.
According to the CBC
Investigators believed that Ripudaman Singh Malik
was the man who bankrolled the bombings.
faced eight counts - the same charges that his
co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri faced.
The verdict was the same - not guilty on all counts.
Just last week Malik
was making headlines again when the BC government won the right to sue him to recover legal fees relating to the Air India bombing trial.
According to the Sun:
Thursday's ruling by Canada's highest court paves the way for the B.C. government to recoup $5.8 million paid for Malik's legal fees and interest after a funding agreement was reached on the eve of the historic Air India terrorism trial in 2003.
At the time, Malik
and co-accused Ajaib Singh Bagri were accused of killing 331 people in twin bombings on June 23, 1985 targeting Air India.
Needless to say, Young's alleged connection to Malik
is generating front-page headlines while Mayor Gregor's photo not so much.
I was invited to visit the Khalsa School
by the school's Principal, not Ripudaman Singh Malik
Had I known he
would have been present or was involved with the school I never would have attended.
No one involved with this school or Ripudaman Singh Malik
is involved in my campaign nor have I ever asked for his
Is it okay for the Mayor to attend an event with Malik
as long as it relates to something charitable?
Take a minute to fill out our online poll and let us know what you think.
UPDATE Mon @ 10:15 PM: Federal Liberal candidate Ujjal Dosanjh was on CTV News and Global TV News
tonight speaking out about politicians and what they should know about Ripudaman Singh Malik
The fact is you have to live in a cave or on some other planet to not know who Mr. Malik
is if you are politically at all conscious.
First of all Robertson is not posed with Malik
I don't think either Robertson or Elmore sought the endorsation of Malik
These politicians are not supposed to be psychic to know that Malik
will be there or will pop up there in the photo frame.
But let us not forget that he
was ACQUITTED by Supreme Court in a case where Government spent almost 100 million dollars against him.
He is still an official in Khalsa School and public servants do go there as matter of their job.
Wai Young didn't seek the endorsement of Malik
is CHOOSING to support her
will better represent our land.
Wai had no photo with Malik
, yet no one's cha
also told the Sher-E-Punjab host that his
group is supporting Liberal candidates in Surrey: Sukh Dhaliwal for Newton-North Delta, and Shinder Purewal in Surrey North."
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Malik+defends+support+Conservative/4674143/story.html#ixzz1KcbR03rb
The Mayor has a picture with Malik
and nobody says anything.
shakes Malik's hands and there is silence.
That's how one person describes the controversy over a Conservative candidate receiving an endorsement from Ripudaman Singh Malik
"This is the biggest criminal case in Canadian history and for her
to claim she
had no idea of Mr. Malik's
past and criminal ties is unacceptable.
Liberal candidate Ujjal Dosanjh says Ripudaman Singh Malik
Conservative rival in Vancouver South is different than Malik
supporting two Liberal candidates in Surrey ridings.
was acquitted of murder and conspiracy in the Air India trial six years ago.
Another example of the unethical and immoral nature of the beast called a "politician" . Notice they are not referred to as "Statesmen" anymore.
The Khalsa School
supports the notion of a Sikh nation which is to break away from India.
Malik being a previous member of the Bubbar Khalsa and and an associate of terrorists implies mandates and principles that espouse violence.
With the religion itself being a warrior religion, violence is considered an ends to a means.
- who was acquitted of murder and conspiracy in the 2005 Air India trial - is supporting Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal in Newton-North Delta and Shinder Purewal in Surrey-North.
Excerpt: "Anton said she immediately left when it became apparent that Vancouver councillors were being called to come up and accept a plaque while Malik
"Once they were getting people up to shake hands with Malik
, I left," she
"Robertson said he has never met with or shaken the hand of Malik
and will not accept an endorsement from him.
I didn't speak to Mr. Malik
When asked about Malik's support Ignatieff said, "I'm willing to have the support of anybody who's committed to democracy, non violence and human rights.
That's always been my position and the thing about that incredible community is that they've been through an experience of extremism 30 years ago and they have turned their back on it forever."
SO THAT MEANS UJJAL IS OPEN TO MALIK's
SUPPORT AS WELL?
It has been reported that Malik
has endorsed 2 Liberal candidates in Surrey ridings.
is endorsing the Conservative/Young as she
is running against Dosanjh.
If it weren't Dosanjh running in that riding, I would bet Malik
would be endorsing the Liberal candidate and not the Conservative.
Gregor got his photo op,thank you very much; Malik
got his name in the paper and now for all the good reasons, thank His Worship very much.
An important point regarding Young is that this was not her first meeting with Malik
The Young vs Robertson connection to Malik
is VERY different.
According to the Sun's Kim Bolan, Wai Young met with Malik
and some others at the house of a supporter on April 2, several days before her visit to the school.