Friday, January 07, 2011

Japanese Justice And Air India 182.

The 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 was back in the news in Canada today.  Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person convicted of their involvement in the attack, was sentenced to nine years for perjury due to his actions during the trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajiab Singh Bagri.  Reyat had taken a plea bargain in 2003 to reduce his sentence in exchange for testimony against them.  Malik and Bagri were found not guilty due to lack of evidence.

Hearing about this case again this morning made me wonder why there has been no Japanese prosecution of any of these people, or anyone else. On the same day Air India Flight 182 was blown up by a bomb a similar bomb blew up at Tokyo's Narita airport, killing two Japanese baggage handlers and injuring four others.  Despite two of their citizens being killed I have seen no indication Japan has made an effort to get any of those accused by Canada in the case into a Japanese court.  They probably didn't need to with Reyat, since he was convicted in 1991 in the Narita bomb case.  But what about Bagri and Malik?  You'd think that after their acquital in Canada the Japanese might want a crack at them as well.  If anyone knows the story here I'd love to know.

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