Monday, January 25, 2010


Basi-Virk trial date to be set in February, 2010



Vancouver Sun - Jan. 25, 2010 

VANCOUVER - The Crown told a judge today that a trial date is expected to be set by early February for the Basi-Virk case.

Special prosecutor Bill Berardino told Justice Anne MacKenzie that good progress has been made sorting out pre-trial matters with defence counsel.

He said the Crown expects to be in a position by Feb. 10 to set a trial date.

The Crown expects the trial to last eight to 10 weeks, Berardino said.

There will be about eight "core" witnesses and some other shorter witnesses, he said.

"The court wants to acknowledge the hard work that's gone into this," the judge said.

"Your efforts are being encouraged."

The matter will return to court Feb. 8 to tell the judge what kind of progress has been made, then will reconvene Feb. 10 to set a trial date.

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