Wednesday, April 28, 2010



Basis, Virk plead not guilty in B.C. Rail case

 By Keith Fraser,
The Province - April 28, 2010

The three men accused in the Basi-Virk case pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges they face in connection with the controversial sale of B.C. Rail.

David Basi, Bobby Virk and Basi's cousin Aneal Basi entered the pleas just prior to the start of jury selection in a Vancouver courtroom.

Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie told prospective jurors in the packed courtroom that the case had received some media coverage and if they felt they could not be impartial, they should not sit as jurors.

David Basi and Virk, former government aides, are charged with fraud and breach of trust. Aneal Basi is charged with money laundering. {SNIP} ...

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Pleas entered as jury selection for the B.C. Rail case gets underway
Vancouver, BC
— The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail
Apr. 28, 2010

The three men who face charges after the 2003 RCMP raid on the B.C. legislature have officially pleaded not guilty to corruption and money laundering charges and jury selection is underway.

Former B.C. government aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk face charges including fraud and accepting bribes for allegedly selling government secrets related to the sale of Crown-owned BC Rail to CN Rail.

Aneal Basi — Dave Basi's cousin — is also charged with money laundering.

All three men stood and entered pleas in booming voices prior to the start of jury selection.

They have opted for a jury trial, rather than trial by judge alone as they originally elected.

The trial is slated to begin May 17, and last at least six weeks.

Jury selection finally underway in Basi-Virk trial

Nafeesa Karim 

Jury selection is underway at the trial of former government aides charged in connection with the sale of BC Rail.

A couple of hundred people are jam-packed into a BC Supreme courtroom as lawyers whittle the crowd down to 12 jurors and two alternates.

So far former government aids [sic] Dave Basi and Bobby Virk have pleaded not guilty to ten charges of breach of trust and fraud.

Basi's cousin Aneal Basi has pleaded not guilty to money-laundering.

With the amount of publicity the case has received, the judge has warned potential jurors they should not sit on the jury if they can not be impartial. {Snip} ...


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