01/26/2016 18:58 EST | Updated 01/26/2017 00:12 EST

Air India perjurer Inderjit Singh Reyat granted release to halfway house

VANCOUVER — The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings has been granted a statutory release from prison to a halfway house.

Inderjit Singh Reyat was charged with perjury in 2006 for repeatedly lying during his testimony at a trial into the bombing deaths of 331 people, mostly Canadians.

Reyat was found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to a record nine years in prison, or seven years and seven months after accounting for time served.

Under the law, offenders must be granted statutory release after they have served two thirds of their sentence.

Reyat must abide by several conditions as part of his release, including not possessing any extremist propaganda or possessing any components used to build an explosive device.

Bal Gupta, whose wife Ramwati died aboard Air India Flight 182, says Reyat's release is a difficult reality of the justice system for families who lost loved ones so long ago.

The Canadian Press