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Lone Kanishka bombing convict may remain in jail

February 06, 2008 09:38 IST

Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only man convicted of being involved in the 1985 Air-India bombing that killed 329 people, may remain in jail even after his current manslaughter sentence expires this week.

A lawyer of the British Columbia government in Canada said Reyat will continue to be held in jail on a 2006 arrest warrant for perjury charges, and it will be up to him to ask the court for bail.

The court would decide whether Reyat could be let out on bail, he added.

There were concerns about him walking free after his manslaughter sentence expires on Feburary 9.

Reyat had pleaded guilty to manslaughter five years ago for his role in the 'Kanishka' bombing. He had been convicted in 1991 for building a second bomb that exploded the same day at Tokyo's Narita Airport, killing two baggage handlers.

He is supposed to face charges of perjury later this year. The charges stem from his testimony at the Air India trial, where the crown alleges that he lied 27 times.

Coverage: The Kanishka bombing

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