Monday, October 20, 2008


Basi-Virk clippings for Oct. 20/08


Basi-Virk political corruption case heading back to court

Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun - October 20, 2008
Also Global TV - Oct. 20, 2008

Vancouver - The case involving three former government aides accused of corruption was briefly in court Monday to review the progress of documents being disclosed to the defence.

The trial judge, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett, said she wants all the disclosure issues resolved by the end of the year, which will be the fifth anniversary of the police raid on the legislature on Dec. 28, 2003.

The court set a pre-trial conference for 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 19 to sort out the issues regarding a disclosure application to be heard over a three-week period beginning Nov. 24.

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The judge set a series of deadlines for the Crown and defence to submit written material before the Nov. 24 hearing.


BASI-VIRK - 3 weeks set aside for pre-trial hearing on disclosure of over 400 documents that are still disputed evidence

Bill Tieleman

Justice Elizabeth Bennett has set aside three weeks of BC Supreme Court time starting November 24 to deal with a pre-trial hearing on disputed disclosure of evidence in the BC Legislature Raid case.

Bennett heard from the Special Prosecutors Janet Winteringham and Bill Berardino that they have worked with defence lawyers for David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi - all charged with corruption counts - to reduce the number of disputed documents where disclosure will be contested in court.

"Of 1500 documents we're down to just over 400 to be litigated," Winteringham told Bennett.

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The judge set a series of deadlines

Are the deadlines anything like forthwith or within the lifetime of anyone breathing today?
I'm sorry, but I'm not impressed until I see something really happen. Justice Bennett being annoyed or issuing orders has kinda lost its meaning, if it ever had any!

This whole thing is an embarrassment and shameful, altho it probably is just fine to the guy that would rather be in Maui than the Legislature. I expressed my opinion of this travesty earlier today, over at my place, before the hearing took place, and hardly had to change a thing later. I know the wheels of justice can turn exceedingly slow, but this is........words fail me!
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