India accuse Canada of concealing facts re Air India bombing

Canada concealed key Kanishka report from India: Document

[quote]TORONTO: In an apparent bid to limit civil damages, Canada had concealed a key report from Indian government on the 1985 Kanishka bombing, which
suggested that the plot was “planned and orchestrated” entirely in the country, official documents showed.

The documents, produced by the Federal Department of Justice for the Kanishka bombing inquiry, suggests that former Prime minister Brian Mulroney’s office, in 1985 and 1986, tried to conceal a report from the Indian government about the fact that the bombing was plotted entirely in Canada to avoid civil damages.

The report included conclusion of Candian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the Kanishka case, which suggested that the bombing was planned and orchestrated entirely in Canada.

The Aviation Safety Board’s (ASB) report prepared for India’s Kirpal Commission, which was investigating the bombing, also reflected the conclusion of the probe.

But the ministerial briefing notes The notes called the ASB report “potentially damaging” and suggested that it should therefore not be given to the Indian government.

The notes released yesterday show that the PMO,specifically Brian Mulroney’s senior adviser Fred Doucet, thought that report didn’t show Canada in the “best light.” [/quote]

And this is even worse:
cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/05/ … india.html

[quote]The federal Department of Justice produced documents for the inquiry that suggest the Prime Minister’s Office, in 1985 and 1986, tried to conceal from the Indian government the fact that the bombing was plotted entirely in Canada.

At the time, the RCMP had already concluded the bombing was planned and orchestrated entirely in Canada. That conclusion was reflected in a report the Aviation Safety Board prepared for India’s Kirpal Commission, which was investigating the bombing.

But the ministerial briefing notes released Friday show the PMO — specifically, Brian Mulroney’s senior adviser Fred Doucet — thought that report didn’t show Canada in the “best light.”

The notes called the ASB report “potentially damaging” and suggest it should therefore not be given to the Indian government. There are even accusations of a conflict of interest.

At the time, one of the memos reads, the safety board may have perceived “itself as being in a position of possible conflict,” because its interests in aviation safety and determining the cause of the accident were “possibly at odds” with the government’s interest in portraying Canada in the best light possible.

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I hope this turns out not to be true. :raspberry: I do not like it at all. Say it ain’t so. :cry: