Saturday, January 15, 2011

 

Basi-Virk Don't Want to Give Back BC Rail Corruption Documents. The application by the Crown returns to BC Supreme Court , 800 Smithe St., Vancouver on Feb. 16, 2011.

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By Admin
South Asian Link - 15 January 2011

VANCOUVER— Dave Udhe Basi and Bob Virk, the two Indo-Canadian men at the centre of the BC Liberals scandal that reaches to the offices of Premier Gordon Campbell are asking why are Crown prosecutors in such a hurry to get documents relating to their trial which ended in a government payout plea deal that netted their lawyer $60 million in fees and Basi, Virk a comfortable house arrest.

Prosecutors have applied to the Supreme Court of British Columbia for the return of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents the defence obtained through the disclosure process.

Confidential government records, private e-mails, bank records, wiretap transcripts and other material is included in the massive package the Crown disclosed to the defence leading up to the breach-of-trust trial, which ended abruptly in October when Virk and Basi entered guilty pleas.

Although the case is over, the defendants don’t want to give up the disclosure material – saying it contains information that is vital to the public interest, and they want to hang on to it to ensure it is available for future examination, reported the Globe and Mail newspaper.

“I have nothing to hide. I think there needs to be full and open access to all this material,” Virk told the Globe in an interview Monday after the court agreed to hear the application Feb. 16.

“I listen to CKNW [radio talk shows]. People have questions [about this case] and the only way to get answers is through this material,” he said from his home in Victoria, where he is serving a one-year term under house arrest.

“If people ever want to know the truth, those documents are critical,” said Basi, who is also under house arrest ... Virk said he is preparing a detailed affidavit to explain his reasons for wanting to retain the disclosure package, but of specific concern to him is the possibility of a future public inquiry into the case.

“If it is not under my control, who knows where it’s going to end up?” he said of the package, which consists of massive electronic files.

He said he also wants the material so documents can be provided to the Law Society of Upper Canada, which is planning to hold a “good conduct” hearing for Bribemaster Erik Bornman, a former partner in Pilothouse Public Affairs. Bornman has applied to be admitted to the bar in Ontario.

A statement of facts filed in court when the guilty pleas were entered said that “Basi received payments totalling $25,695 from Erik Bornman during the same time that Omnitrax was bidding [on BC Rail].”

Virk did not receive any direct payments, but he and his wife, along with Basi and his wife, did accept a trip, paid for by Pilothouse, to a Denver Broncos football game in Colorado.

Madam Justice Anne MacKenzie said she will hear the Crown’s application next month, and at the same time she will consider an application by The Globe and Mail and CTV for release of documents filed as evidence in the case.

Source: http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=3197
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BC Mary comment: There are two errors: the legal fees pay-out to Basi & Virk was $6 million, not $60 million. And both B&V were sentenced to two years less a day of house arrest, not one year.

I thank the South Asian Link for their generous permission to repost their article.

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Comments:
i thought basi wasnt suppose to blather to the media? wasnt that a condiction? yet here he is making statements to the media...?

of course the documents contain the truth. well duh. lord knows basi lied for 7 yrs about HIS innocence. the wire taps i betcha would sink basi and many many others if they only could be heard by the public .
 
i thought basi wasnt suppose to blather to the media? wasnt that a condiction? yet here he is making statements to the media...?

of course the documents contain the truth. well duh. lord knows basi lied for 7 yrs about HIS innocence. the wire taps i betcha would sink basi and many many others if they only could be heard by the public .
 

of course the documents contain the truth. well duh. lord knows basi lied for 7 yrs about HIS innocence.


More spin doctor work; "lied...about his innocence" is a stretch; it's a given that the ''plea bargain'' was a lie, it was a deal, and done to protect hundreds of lies. The implication of the paying off of his legal fees is that, according to the case as would have been advanced by defence, that they were innocent. And I daresay if we get access to everything the Crown wants to burrow away (and no doubt fiddle with, if not directly destroy), the truth of their defence will shine through and they will be vindicated - not of wrongdoing, but of responsibility. Yes, many others will be sunk if those materials come out; Crown wants them same back for the same reason they sought to shut the case down. To protect the guilty.
 
So - OTE, the question is...do you want to know the truth or not?
 
OTE probably "Can't Handle the Truth!"
 
i can handle the truth, but basi lied and tried to cover his tracks with his Memos. That you cant or wont see that speaks volumes
 
maybe they ment 60 million rupees!

he said he didnt take bribes. he then admitted that he did. that is a LIE.
 
And you're just a single-celled amoeba with less sophistication than a week-old timbit.

Repeating simple analyses as if they were sweeping facts is just your way of sweeping bigger considerations under the rug. Maybe you're just trying to sound like a simpleton and really aren't; but that makes you a liar yourself doesn't it?

Why can't you just say "I work for the xxx faction of the Liberal Party and my job here is to defame Dave Basi every time he's mentioned, and direct public animosity on him so my candidate xxxx can slip under the radar and become Premier".

It's not Basi's lies I'm concerned with, and at least he's showing some kind of remorse and is out to retain the evidence the Crown wants to screw with on behalf of the public. That's more than I can say about you.
 
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Good point, Skookum1 ...

it's like I've always said: we're all in this political mess together, and we'll suffer together until

together, we find the way back to the truth. And lay criminal charges against the villains wherever we may find them along the way. In a Public Inquiry.

Basi and/or Virk can choose to help us do that. I've always hoped that they would do so.

I'm looking forward to the affidavit being prepared by Bobby Virk explaining his reasons for needing to safeguard the BC Rail documents.

I imagine his reasons would begin with his own sense of betrayal: that, like us, he doesn't trust the government.
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On The Edge even lies about his handle. It should be "Over the Edge" of either sanity or honesty (or both)!
 
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