03/17/2016 18:34 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Parole board says Air India trial perjurer can't take part in political matters

VANCOUVER — A British Columbia man convicted in the Air India bombing deaths of 331 people has been denied his request to participate in political matters.

The Parole Board of Canada says Inderjit Singh Reyat's political views and his associations with others of a similar mindset led to the deaths of innocent people 30 years ago.

It says the decision was made after the board considered comments from Reyat's lawyer about his client's rights under the charter to participate in political issues.

Reyat was released from prison in January, when the board imposed a condition for him not to associate with anyone involved in political or criminal activity or extremist views.

Reyat had served two-thirds of his nine-year sentence for perjury for lying at the trial of two other men charged in Canada's worst mass murder, which the Crown said was prompted by Sikh extremists' revenge against the Indian government.

Reyat was convicted in 1991 of manslaughter in the deaths of two baggage handlers at Tokyo's Narita airport on June 23, 1985, the same day another suitcase bomb aboard an Air India plane exploded off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people.



The Canadian Press