Monday, October 09, 2006
Words to remember
"I can say in general that the spread of organized crime just in the past two years has been like a cancer on the social and economic well-being of all British Columbians."
-- RCMP spokesperson Sgt. John Ward, after search warrants were executed at the B.C. legislature, December 2003
Oh, what am I saying? The factory owners live here. They don't want damn Chinese peasants near their refuge.
But there's gotta be a way for good old Gary Collins of Harmony Airways to make a buck on it.
What if Gary flies the factory workers over to BC on Harmony Airways? And then his underling Basi could get his labour contractor buddies to farm out the labour supply.
Ah it would be so great. We would have to call it the Golden Decade or the Gilded Decade or something like that.
All I can say (because we know so little) is that Sgt. Ward's statement has kept me -- for almost 3 years -- watching how those police raids unfolded.
His voice was the only authoritative voice to speak directly to the people, explaining in general terms (as he said), the reasons which motivated that never-before-in-Canada police action. Organized crime ... for God's sake!! In the BC Legislature.
Our premier and our prime minister -- presiding over "the spread of organized crime" -- ought to have at least attempted to reassure the public that they wanted answers, and would watchdog for us. But no, all we got was "I know nothing." And "Well, the police haven't phoned ME." And then all the slinking off into the twilight, to spend time with their families.
I don't know what it all means, Anon. Wish I did. Like you, I have my suspicions, concerns, fears. But after tracking the story for so long, I am sure of only three things:
* that the rot is deep and ugly (how can it be otherwise?)
* that there's an agreed policy of media silence
* and that it's the responsibility of the citizens of BC to keep the story alive until the facts are revealed, or it will be officially buried, to fester forever.
I hope to live long enough to hear RCMP Sgt John Ward call another press conference, in which he can complete the whole story of The Legislature Raids. But I guess that's not his job. His job was to blow the whistle. Thank god, the RCMP and Victoria police did that.
But after the police blew the whistle ... the longer the judiciary, government, Opposition and some citizens go blithely on, complacent and accepting ... the more WE the citizens of BC become the court of last resort.
I just can't see how a province can allow itself to go into the future, crippled, warped, enslaved and robbed by crooks ... without saying (before it's too late), "Just a doggone minute, here ... "
Oct 11, 2006
A VICTORIA POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE OF OBSTRUCTION RELATING TO THE RAID OF THE B-C LEGISLATURE TWO YEARS AGO.
ROB DOSANJH ADVISED HIS COUSIN, MANDEEP SANDHU, TO MISLEAD A POLICE INVESTIGATION BY MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS REGARDING MONEY FOUND AFTER A SEARCH OF HIS SAANICH HOME.
THE SEARCH WAS TIED TO THE RAIDS ON THE LEGISLATURE IN 2003, WHICH RESULTED IN CHARGES AGAINST DAVID BASI AND BOB VIRK.
CONSTABLE DOSANJH'S STATUS WITH THE VICTORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT REMAINS SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY, AT THIS TIME.
- rs DL. 1070 news
Thank you, thank you, for your report ... strange, isn't it, the way the news eventually arrives, in black and white words which look so ordinary, but which shake the whole story awake.
There's a remark by Ravinder Dosanjh, quoted in the Vancouver Sun story, which seems to open a new door to understanding. It's when he said, "If this had happened in India, I would be expected to do something about it ..."
My parents (Brits from Devonshire) lived in India for 5 years, which allowed me to absorb a bit of their understanding of that complex country.
So I have often wondered if the Indo-Canadian who gets into trouble in Canada, is trying to fulfill duties from another time and place. For one thing: the extraordinary ambition to succeed is surely one of those expectations, the one which I have always imagined drove Basi & Virk.
I was surprised that the Dosanjh trial was held in North Vancouver. Any idea why? Or why not Victoria?
Now we wait to see what is the next step for Ravinder Dosanjh. It's a sad day for him and his family. But for British Columbia, it's a healthy sign that there's no shrinking back from opening this can of worms. At least, I hope not.
I've just read -- really fast -- the Reasons for Judgment, and I thank you for posting the URL so quickly.
This gives us a lot more insight, well worth studying.
It's anybody's guess as to how these scholarly deliberations, combined with political-social factors, will translate into sentencing.
... Dosanjh testified that he was born in India and raised in Canada from the age of about one. In keeping with the traditions of the Indian culture, because of both his stature as a police officer and his familiarity with Canadian culture, he has played a significant role within his extended family as an advisor and authority figure, both for younger family members, and for older members who are less inured to Canadian customs. In particular, at the relevant time, Dosanjh acted as something of a mentor to Sandhu, whose parents, Dosanjh’s aunt and uncle, were less advantaged than Dosanjh’s family.
 Sandhu had attracted the attention of the Victoria Police by as early as the late 1990s. Evidence was led about an occasion in 2001 on which Dosanjh’s superior officer and friend, Sgt. Gordon Cochrane, saw Dosanjh with Sandhu after a family function. Cochrane told Dosanjh that the police suspected Sandhu of being a drug trafficker, and admonished him not to associate with Sandhu. Dosanjh did not understand this to be a prohibition: Cochrane was aware of the fact that Sandhu was his cousin, and knew that Dosanjh continued to see Sandhu at family functions.
 In 2002 and 2003, the Victoria Police had Sandhu under active investigation. They also targeted a known associate of Sandhu’s, Jas Bains. Dosanjh was aware of the investigation of Sandhu, and knew that Bains was a suspected drug trafficker ... etc
Whatever happened to Jasmohan Singh Bains's case?
Jeff Rud and Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist
January 05, 2006
A high-profile drug investigation that began in 2002, dubbed by police as "Project Everywhichway," is finally winding its way to the trial stage.
No convictions have resulted from the drug cases that eventually spun into the dramatic police raid on the B.C. legislature two years ago. But trials for six accused are scheduled for B.C. courtrooms during the next several months.
Two others formerly accused as a result of the Everywhichway investigation no longer face drug charges. Marijuana production and possession for the purposes of trafficking charges against former B.C. Finance Ministry aide Dave Basi were stayed last June. A drug charge against Mandeep Sandhu, also of Victoria, has since been stayed as well.
Lawyer Richard Peck of Vancouver said Wednesday that a charge of conspiracy to traffic marijuana against Sandhu was stayed on Nov. 7, presumably, Peck said, because of a lack of evidence against his client.
According to federal Justice Department spokeswoman Lyse Cantin, charges against Sandhu were stayed after he "forfeited certain funds that were seized from his residence.''
In all, eight people were charged in September 2004 as a result of what police said was a major drug and organized crime investigation. Six still face charges.
Jasmohan Bains of Victoria, B.C. resident John Scallon, Toronto's Brahm Mikol and Blythe Vernon of Scarborough, Ont., each charged with conspiracy to traffic, are scheduled to begin trial April 3 in Victoria provincial court. The trial is slated for April 3 to 27 and Sept. 11 to Nov. 23.
Scallon is also scheduled to go to trial in Vancouver along with B.C. resident Michael Doyle from Feb. 28 to March 30 on conspiracy to traffic charges.
The trial of Jaspal (Tony) Singh for conspiracy and possession for the purpose of trafficking began with a voire dire last month in Surrey. Proceedings resume for a day on Jan. 23 and again in March for three weeks.
After searching the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003, police announced that their raid was based partially on information related to a drug and organized crime investigation.
"Organized crime has stretched into every corner of B.C. and onto most city streets," RCMP Sgt. John Ward warned at the time. "It is not an exaggeration to say that organized crime is a cancer eating away at the social and moral fabric of British Columbia . . .''
According to a summary of drug-investigation search warrants released by Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm in April 2004, RCMP were investigating "bulk" trafficking in cocaine and marijuana.
Both Cantin and Ward said Wednesday the fact it has taken more than two years for these drug cases to come to trial isn't a sign of problems with the investigation. "It's not unusual at all,'' Cantin said. "You've got our lawyers, their lawyers, those schedules, plus the court schedule that you've got to line up.''
While Basi is no longer charged with drug offences, he still faces corruption charges related to the bidding for B.C. Rail, as does his brother-in-law Bob Virk, a former ministerial assistant in Transportation. Cousin Aneal Basi, a former government communications officer, faces money-laundering charges.
From: steve dockeray
To: phill till
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 4:34 PM
Subject: Source: Globe and Mail (Canada) justice spokeswoman Lyse Cantin declined to say why the drug charges against Mr. Basi were stayed.
1) by Rod Mickleburgh, 30 Jun 2005 said ..Search warrants that would reveal more details of the case have been kept sealed by the courts, despite persistent attempts by media lawyers to have them released.
2) "Now that these charges have been stayed, Mr. Basi is able to concentrate on fighting the political charges."
3)Mr. Basi was previously a top aide for then-finance minister Gary Collins, while Mr. Virk was an assistant to Judith Reid, transportation minister at the time.
4)Both were subsequently fired.
6) Federal justice spokeswoman Lyse Cantin declined to say why the drug charges against Mr. Basi were stayed.
7) However, she said the Crown is continuing with charges against seven other individuals who had been charged along with Mr. Basi, and those cases are expected to proceed to court in December
Thank You , for your time .
Question , if you advise the BC media to watch the courts in DEC. 2005 for drug links to the ledge raid & they ignore that advice to " protect " the government from the law ?
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From: steve dockeray
To: phill till
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 5:01 PM
Subject: pay attention to the courts in December i.e. : the 8 people who were in the drug part of ledge raid go to court ..sorry it is 7 ..they stayed the basi grow opp charges
pay attention to the courts in December i.e. : the 8 people who were in the drug part of ledge raid go to court ..sorry it is 7 ..they stayed the basi grow opp charges
Thank You for your time .
From: Steve Dockeray
To: phill till
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 6:59 PM
Subject: Bath shot dead Dec. 13, 2003 he drove for (mindi virk) R&S Transportation Ltd., had been implicated in a cross-border marijuana-smuggling scheme involving commercial trucks. ..we have the names like " basi , virk & dosanjh
Dec. 13, 2003 - Thirty-six year old trucker Gurwinder Singh Bath is found slumped in his car in Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Earlier in the year, Bath, who worked for R&S Transportation Ltd., had been implicated in a cross-border marijuana-smuggling scheme involving commercial trucks.
Thank You , for your time
could you please explain why you pulled the info from this post ?
1) who control's the RCMP
2) why would the RCMP want to listen in on a conversation between Campbell & Collins while investigating a cross-border weed & cocaine smuggling operation .
3) did Coleman , Claude Richmond & the RCMP meet in a plane hanger to avoid being listened to
4) Coleman contacted Gordon shortly before the raid went down
5) Coleman claimed he did not talk to gordo about the upcoming raid , he just told gordo be ready for something .
6) if you look at the lies told by gordo & Coleman over the last 5 years , why should we believe Coleman did not tip off gordo about drug link
7) I would still like to know who tipped off Dave basi the cops were on their was to bust his rental property ..
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From: Steve Dockeray
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Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 4:46 PM
Subject: once you ask yourself the first 7 questions about the ledge raid you move to the next set 1) why is no one in the media asking questions or following up tips related to the smuggling bust
once you ask yourself the first 7 questions about the ledge raid you move to the next set
1) why is no one in the media asking questions or following up tips related to the smuggling bust
2) why is no one in the NDP going after Gordon Campbell for drug links to our finance & transportation ministry .
3) are the media protecting Gordon Campbell intentionally or has gordo duped the media
4) the same question can be asked of the NDP & GREEN PARTY ,,,
rob dosanjh is the Victoria cop linked to the ledge raid & is also related to Ron & Jim Dosanjh from back in the 90's ............
Pubdate: Sat, 30 Nov 2002
Author: Robert Matas
VANCOUVER -- They were small-time gangsters who sold drugs at schools and nightclubs. But with muscle, firepower and wads of cash, they moved about like big guys who ran the city.
Stories linking violence, drugs and Vancouver's Indo-Canadian community date back about 10 years.
Jimsher ( Jimmy ) Dosanjh had come to police attention in the late 1980s when they were tracking the multi-ethnic Los Diablos street gang. He was arrested and charged with murder after Teodoro Salcedo, the Colombian cocaine cartel's man in Vancouver, was killed on March 14, 1991.
The charges were dropped after witnesses refused to testify. But while he was in jail, Bhupinder ( Bindy ) Johal took over his territory. The troubles began when Mr. Dosanjh was released.
Conflicting reports circulated about the reason for Mr. Dosanjh's next move. Maybe he was upset about a comment made to his girlfriend. Maybe he was upset with Mr. Johal taking over his business. Never mind. He was upset and, according to the Vancouver media, he put a contract out on Mr. Johal.
Mr. Dosanjh must have forgotten that honour among thieves is rare. Testimony at a later trial revealed that the man hired to kill Mr. Johal cut a deal with him. Mr. Johal allegedly plotted his revenge.
Mr. Dosanjh was lured into an alley on Feb. 25, 1994, with the promise of stolen goods. He was stood in front of his truck and was shot in cold blood.
It was Mr. Dosanjh's brother, Ranjit ( Ron ), who threatened revenge. But less than two months later, in what police described as the city's most brazen assassination, Ron Dosanjh was gunned down in a busy intersection in rush-hour traffic. The gunmen pulled up beside him and fired shots from a high-powered rifle, hitting him in the face.
Police assured the city that rival gangs were responsible for the violence and the danger to others was minimal.
But on April 24, 1994, Mr. Johal's neighbour, Glen Olson, was shot in a park behind his home while walking Mr. Johal's dog. Police said the killers had mistaken the victim for Mr. Johal.
The Province newspaper reported that one of Mr. Olson's killers overdosed on heroin two weeks later; the second gunman killed himself shortly afterward.
Police made arrests as public alarm grew. Mr. Johal and five others were picked up in connection with the slaying of the Dosanjh brothers; they were acquitted.
Mr. Johal was out of jail, but remained on the police radar. He was picked up in 1996 after the kidnapping of the younger brother of a Lotus gang member who allegedly had crossed Mr. Johal over a cocaine deal.
Weeks later, two others involved in the kidnapping were shot. Roman Mann, Mr. Johal's best friend, was killed and Mani Rezaei survived with severe injuries.
On Dec. 20, 1998, shortly after being released from jail after serving time for assault and drug-related charges, Mr. Johal was shot down in front of 300 people at the Palladium Club in downtown Vancouver. No charges were ever laid.
Police said they had several suspects, but no witnesses willing to testify.