The Basi-Virk case stems from a police investigation over the alleged leak of confidential information from ministerial aides about the BC Rail bidding process, which led to the unprecedented police search of the legislature in December 2003.

By Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun - Nov. 26, 2009

VANCOUVER — A judge was told Thursday that about 6,600 documents from the executive branch of the provincial government have been found relevant to the Basi-Virk political corruption trial.

Court-appointed lawyer Lou Webster told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Anne MacKenzie that he has reviewed 16,000 of 24,000 documents and found 6,600 to be relevant and some were highly relevant to the sale of BC Rail.

The documents are from the executive branch, which includes Premier Gordon Cambell, his cabinet minister and staff.

The court was initially told last summer that all of the cabinet e-mails related to the sale had been erased but government workers later found documents on back-up tapes going back only to 2004.

Webster told the court that he still has 30,000 pages of 42,000 pages of MLA documents to review, which he expects the Crown to get to him by next week.

The judge scheduled the matter, which is described as third-party document disclosure, to return to court Jan. 19.

The case will return to court Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. for a case management conference concerning defence applications to challenge wiretaps and search warrants. The case stems from a police probe of the BC Rail bidding process, which led to a raid on the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003. {Snip} ...