Victims’ families hope for findings against RCMP, C-SIS, in Air India report

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OTTAWA — Emotions will run high today for the families of the victims as a final report is released from an inquiry into the 1985 Air India explosion.

Former Supreme Court justice John Major has spent four years sifting through thousands of documents and hearing more than 200 witnesses.

According to CBC News, the report will state that national security continues to be badly handled by the RCMP and Canada’s spy agency.

The network says Major will also make note of holes in aviation security, a lack of intelligence and too many ground crew who never get searched.

The CBC says Major will recommend national security adviser Marie-Lucie Morin be given new powers to resolve disputes between the Mounties and CSIS.

There were no survivors among the 329 people on board Air India Flight 182 when a bomb exploded on the plane in 1985.

The jumbo jet, bound from Toronto and Montreal to New Delhi, was brought down in the Irish Sea by a terrorist bomb in a luggage compartment.

Most of the dead were Canadians of Indian origin — many of them children.

Both the Air India attack, and another the same day at Japan’s Narita airport, were blamed on Sikh militants based in British Columbia.

Only one man has ever been convicted in the case on a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Organizations: Air India, RCMP, CBC News Supreme Court CSIS

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Canada, Toronto Montreal New Delhi Irish Sea Japan British Columbia

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