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Kanishka bombing convict set to face fresh trial

world Updated: Mar 03, 2010 21:09 IST

Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only man convicted in the 1985 bombing of Air India Kanishka that killed 329 passengers, is set to face perjury charges in the case.

The bloodiest unsolved crime in Canadian history will be back in the spotlight in a Vancouver Court on Wednesday as jury selection begins for next week's perjury trial of Reyat, who served 20 years in prison for manslaughter for his part in two bombings.

Reyat, a former Vancouver Island mechanic, will face trial for perjury for allegedly testifying falsely in September 2003 at the trial of mill worker Ajaib Singh Bagri and businessman Ripudaman Singh Malik.

329 passengers were killed after the Air India Kanishka flight 182 from Montreal to Delhi was blown off mid-air near the Irish coast June 23, 1985 by a bomb planted by Khalistani elements.

Malik and Bagri were on trial for their alleged role as co-conspirators in the plot.

Reyat is accused of telling the court under oath, with the intent to mislead, that he did not know or recall details of the alleged conspiracy beyond a few matters, Neil MacKenzie, a spokesman for the Crown counsel's office, said yesterday.

Crown counsel alleges he lied 27 times during his testimony.