Monday, December 27, 2010
Search Warrants, now open 7 years later, tell us that many dark secrets were known to the police investigators who, on Dec. 28, 2003, undertook the historic raids on the BC Legislature.
BC Mary comment: Go HERE for the valuable links to Search Warrants No. 1, 2, 3, 4 which authorized the historic police raids on the BC Legislature; or copy-and-paste this link into your browser:
The Search Warrants will shock many readers when they see how much was already known 7 years ago of the darkly suspicious links to Organized Crime as well as the dubious negotiations which took an enormously valuable public asset (BC Rail) into private pockets (CN, whose largest shareholder is Bill Gates).
Readers may ask themselves if it was wise to let this situation continue for 7 years without decisive police action.
The Search Warrants may be seen in full, by visiting the Vancouver Sun article by Neal Hall, dated December 14, 2010 in the following article.
Well worth pausing over, is the group photo showing the leading figures (except for the judge and Special Prosecutor) in the BC Rail trial leaving the Vancouver Law Courts building after the sudden shut-down of the most important trial in BC history. Each person appears to be well pleased with the cancellation ... except for the unidentified figure at left, a tall handsome man in civilian clothes who walks with his head down, hands in pockets. We may recognize him as (now) RCMP Superintendent Kevin deBruyckere, lead investigator on the BC Rail Political Corruption Trial. What is he doing there, beside that group? I find it interesting (even comforting) that Superintendent deBruckyere is not happy with the sudden cancellation of that massively important corruption trial.
Dave Basi was paid for referring clients to lobbying firm, lobbyist claimed
BY NEAL HALL,
VANCOUVER SUN -DEC. 14, 2010
Photo here, pending.
Former ministerial aides Dave Basi (dark suit, top centre) and Bob Virk (grey suit, glasses) pleaded guilty at their political corruption trial (after years of protesting that they were innocent, and only carrying out their assigned duties). Charges of money laundering were stayed against Aneal Basi (left, blue tie).
Photograph by: Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun
Click here to read search warrant one
Click here to read search warrant two
Click here to read search warrant three
Click here to read search warrant four
... At the time, Bornman told police, he was busy working on the "Paul Martin [federal] leadership campaign, which took up a lot of my time."
Bornman went on to say that after the first cash payments, he began making regular payments by cheque to Basi through his cousin, Aneal Basi.
"I was paying him a set amount," Bornman told police. "I'm ashamed to say in return for his assistance in referring clients and his assistance on matters of government and for his, for his continued loyalty to my political endeavors..."
He said the first payments to Aneal Basi, who worked in government communications at the time, was $1,000 and after that $1,500.
Bornman recalled Aneal Basi was worried about losing his job, so Bornman provided him with a CD of files to make it look like he doing work for Pilothouse.
He added the CD "was merely, you know, I'm ashamed to say that, it was...I guess a front that would've been used to substantiate the payments."
Later on, Bornman referred to his regular payments to Dave Basi, via his cousin Aneal Basi, as "bribes."
"I was not believing, didn't want to believe in my own mind that these were, these were bribes," Bornman told police. "In politics, people often get paid to do political work. Consultant companies often hire people, pay them and send them off to do political work and, you know, in moments of self-induced willful blindness, wanted to believe that Aneal was just providing some kind of political service to the greater organization but there was...no denying the fact that they were payments to David, not to Aneal."
Bornman recalled Dave Basi had a variety of reasons of why he needed the money, including that "he was short money for a down payments on a house he was purchasing and it was for his mother..."
He added he gave Dave Basi three months of payments -- $4,500 -- one month because of Basi being short of cash.
Another search warrant stated that Dave Basi had "unexplained income" totaling $870,000 between 2000 and 2004, but the defence maintained that figure was inaccurate and should have been $112,000.
Last Oct. 18, the trial of Dave Basi, 44, and Bob Virk, 36, entered surprise guilty pleas to two counts each of breach of trust and accepting benefits in exchange for leaking confidential information about the B.C. Rail bidding process in 2003.
At the time, Basi was the senior ministerial assistant to then finance minister Gary Collins and Virk was the ministerial assistant to then transportation minister Judith Reid.
The trial, which began last May and was expected to continue until next March, came to a sudden halt when the special prosecutor, Bill Berardino, told the trial judge that Basi and Virk wanted to change their pleas from not guilty to guilty.
Dave Basi also pleaded guilty to accepting $50,000 from a development company, Shambrook Hills, that was trying to get a piece of land out of the Agricultural land reserve -- a charge contained in a separate indictment.
The Crown said Basi had contacted some government officials about the Victoria area property but his actions did not affect the decision of the Agricultural Land Commission.
Dave Basi and Bob Virk were sentenced to two years less a day of a conditional sentence, that is, house arrest.
The trial judge also imposed 150 hours of community service work on each of the men, and ordered Basi to pay a fine of $75,695 -- the total amount of money he accepted.
The charge of money laundering against co-accused Aneal Basi was stayed by the Crown, which noted that Aneal Basi had no knowledge that the money was paid by the lobbying firm, Pilothouse, in exchange for confidential information about the B.C. Rail bidding process in 2003.
B.C. Rail freight operations were sold to CN Rail for $1 billion. The privatization deal was controversial because Premier Gordon Campbell had promised during the 2001 election campaign not to sell the publicly owned railway.
The B.C. Liberal government maintain the railway wasn't sold but it [is] a long-term lease of 990 years, with options to renew.