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Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
By PUNEET SINGH LAMBA
Letter to the editor.
National Post, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Feb. 12, 2003
"Re: Sikh Separatism that Generated Air Disaster Now a Moribund Cause, Feb. 11 [By CHRIS WATTIE]."
"It is important to note that claims such as 'Sikh extremists blew up Air-India Flight 182 in 1985' [are] merely echoing popular conjecture."
"On Monday, Inderjit Singh Reyat pleaded guilty to manslaughter for supplying materials for the construction of a bomb not intended to kill anyone. Tragically, however, the bomb ended up on Air-India Flight 182."
"Most importantly, the largest and most expensive trial in Canadian history has so far been unable to identify the perpetrators of the more serious crimes - the actual construction and placement of the bomb on the ill-fated flight."
"In fact, the marathon case around the largest mass murder in Canadian history has been fraught with dubious inconsistencies. Quite incomprehensibly, for example, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service [C.S.I.S.] erased scores of surveillance tapes, thereby withholding potentially crucial evidence from the R.C.M.P."
"As tempting as it might be, it is premature to make blanket statements that pin the blame squarely on 'Sikh extremists' until this case is finally resolved."