Statement by Secretary of State Kenney

July 10, 2008 10:07 ET

Statement by the Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), Following Mr. Reyat's Release From Prison

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) -

Mr. Reyat, the only person found guilty of involvement in the Air India terrorist attack, faces prosecution on the very serious charge of perjury. Perjury strikes at the core of our legal system and its search for truth.

Mr. Justice Ian Josephson previously characterized him as follows: "I find him to be an unmitigated liar under oath. Even the most sympathetic of listeners could only conclude, as do I, that his evidence was patently and pathetically fabricated in an attempt to minimize his involvement in his crime to an extreme degree, while refusing to reveal relevant information he clearly possesses."

The bombing of Air India Flight 182 was the single deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, and Mr. Reyat was the only person found guilty of involvement.

Today, my thoughts are with the families of Air India victims, who must now reconcile Mr. Reyat's new-found liberty with the immensity of their own loss.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P.
    Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)
    Alykhan Velshi
    Director of Communications
    alykhan_velshi@pch.gc.ca