Only person convicted in 1985 Air India bombing found guilty of perjury

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Canadian guilty of perjury in terrorism case

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people off the coast of Ireland was found guilty Saturday of perjury during the trial.

The British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Inderjit Singh Reyat guilty of lying under oath during his testimony against his alleged co-conspirators. They were acquitted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in 2005 after a trial lasting almost two years.

Reyat was convicted for his role in gathering materials for the bomb that brought down Flight 182 from Montreal off the Irish coast on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 people on board.

Reyat was sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in February 2003. He was charged with perjury in 2006 and has been out of prison on bail on the perjury charge since July 2008.

The maximum sentence for perjury is 14 years in jail, but sentences are more routinely in the range of two to three years.

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