Bill Tieleman’s 24 Hours Column
Tuesday December 2, 2008
Why the Basi-Virk case still matters
By BILL TIELEMAN
All sides in a trial want to hide at least some of the truth.
Dec. 28, 2003 marks five years since the unprecedented police raid of the Legislature, and yet the trial of former B.C. Liberal government aides David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi - facing corruption charges related to the $1 billion B.C. Rail privatization - has not started.
The second anniversary shows why this case is very important: Overnight on Dec. 2 last year, my office was broken into and trashed, with a clear message that it was because of my Basi-Virk coverage.
If proven true in a trial where documents are produced and testimony heard, that alone could change the course of the provincial election.
But a prosecution appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to try keeping one witness' identity secret means the trial can't likely start before the May 2009 election.