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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Kanishka and the Narita Bombing Trial

The Kanishka trial came to close today with the acquittal of the two accused. However, the relatives of the victims plan to appeal the judgment in the higher court.

The decision has raised more unanswered questions than answering the ones already put forth. The answer to the main question, who, after all, committed such a heinous crime, still remains elusive. The investigation suffered many roadblocks, some which were put forward due to the nature of the crime itself, viz. lack of clues in the crash above the ocean, and the remaining ones created by the way this investigation itself was handled. It was beyond anyone's control to derive meaningful evidence for the cause of the crash from the wreckage. But, when certain pieces of the jumble started falling in place, crucial evidence was destroyed by the Canadian police. Somehow, the reasoning given by the agent for destroying the tapes doesn't sound convincing to me.

The investigation took 15 years and the trail took 13 months. It seems to be one of the most complex and longest running case in the Canadian history. Looking at the way the evidence has been presented, chances were high that the judge would decide in favour of the accused.

I don't have any answers as to where now for this probe. My heart goes out to all those who lost their loved ones in this crash.

On a different note, when most of the news sites mention this crash to be the deadliest acts of terrorism before September 11, 2001, it is surprising to note that most of the US news sites, for instance, CNN, ABC, MSN, Reuters, don't even have this headline on their front page. Instead, the mugshots of Scott Peterson and Robert Blake adorn their main headline.


Blogger Aditya said...

american channels are generally quite loyal to local stories for the top slot (unless its iraq, which is america anyways). so you can count on them to miss such a story for the top story.

but as far as the trial goes - it seems like the canadian authorities desrve the flak they are getting from the families. after a fifteen year investigation, and the biggest and most expensive trial in their history, its a shame, surprise and disappointment that their case could not even come close to a win ...

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Blogger SBR said...

Your second point is evident from the views of the British Columbia supreme court judge Ian Josephson also, who when acquitting the accused, said "that the problem with the police and intelligence agencies was not that they lacked the tools to fight terrorism but that they did not use them". Further, he was of the opinion, rightly, that "the trial did more than point out Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) inadequacies, including "unacceptable negligence". It also revealed how weak so-called intelligence can be particularly when it is not vigorously contested in open court"

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