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January 07, 2011 20:37 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Comments on the Sentencing of Inderjit Singh Reyat

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2011) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement today following the sentencing of Inderjit Singh Reyat to nine years for perjury during the Air India trial.

"While we are pleased with today's decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court in the sentencing of Inderjit Singh Reyat, it does not make up for the pain and suffering of the friends and families of those who lost their lives aboard Air India Flight 182," said Minister Toews. "Today's judgment sends a clear message: anyone who lies under oath will face the consequences of their actions and be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Reyat was sentenced to nine years in jail for perjury when he told a court he did not know details of the bombing conspiracy which led to the explosion of Air India Flight 182, killing 329 people.

"The bombing of Air India Flight 182 was a terrible atrocity and a reminder that we are not immune to the threat of terrorism. This Government remains unwavering in its commitment towards ensuring the protection of Canadian citizens from terrorism threats and keeping our families safe in their homes and communities," concluded Minister Toews.

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