Monday, December 08, 2008

 

Judge orders release of more documents in Basi Virk case

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Judge orders release of more documents in Basi-Virk case

By NEAL HALL
Vancouver Sun - December 8, 2008

VANCOUVER - The judge in the Basi-Virk case has ordered the release of more documents to the defence.

The RCMP had initially asserted a solicitor-client privilege over 36 documents.

Seven of those were dealt with since legal arguments over the documents began two weeks ago, leaving 29 remaining.

The judge ordered the release today of about 20 of those documents.

Justice Elizabeth Bennett of the B.C. Supreme Court went through each document today and ruled that some paragraphs of certain documents did engage a solicitor-client privilege, so those paragraphs were excluded from being disclosed to the defence.

Lawyers for the defence and the prosecution are continuing legal arguments on whether "litigation privilege" applies to less than 300 documents still in dispute.

Document disclosure has delayed the trial for years. So far, about 700,000 pages of documents have been disclosed to the defence.

The Basi-Virk case now is almost five years old - the RCMP executed search warrants on the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003.

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Thank you, Anonymous. - BC Mary

Comments:
ONCE AGAIN THE DEFENCE HAS PREVAILED.

THE QUESTION NOW BECOMES, WHY IS BERARDINO DELAYING THIS CASE?
 
Anon@1:05pm

Your question is rhetorical of course, eh? It is pretty clear Wild Bill Beradino doesn't represent the people of British Columbia in this matter - which begs the question of:

Why do the citizens of BC apparently have to pay for all sides in this case, and still be denied any knowledge concerning anything to do with it?

We pay for the RCMP "investigation" or perhaps more accurately obfuscation of the facts!

We pay for the Prosecution so magnificently handled by Wild Bill, where ever he may hide much of the time - and can only wonder who's interests he actually represents.

We pay for "public servants" like Mr. Chase to keep somebody informed about what happens in the kabuki theatre that is this trial - that somebody obviously being somebody other than the public.

Somebody has to pay for the first class defence team for Basi, Basi and Virk, it being unlikely that the defendants have been in any position to collect bribes for the last five years and apparently don't make money in the drug trade, as those charges when considered have always been dropped.

Those foolish enough even pay for "newspapers" which generally, unless published in Ontario, ignore the existence of the BC Rail trial as much as inhumanly possible.

Meanwhile, the public at large continues to believe that the Campbell Government is good for BC, good managers of an economy that no longer benefits from skyrocketing commodity prices and is poised for the bursting of a few more bubbles and that Gordo himself is greener than Kermit the Frog.

Go Figger!!!
 
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