By Bill Tieleman, 24 hours columnist
A former B.C. Liberal government ministerial aide who received house arrest after pleading guilty to political corruption charges has been put on electronic monitoring for giving a television interview.
David Basi admitted in B.C. Supreme Court Monday breaching his sentencing conditions by doing an interview outside the home of Bob Virk, the other aide who also pled guilty in charges related to the $1 billion sale of B.C. Rail in 2003.
Basi must wear an electronic monitoring device for six months and obtain advance permission from his supervisor to leave his home for permitted activities.
“These are onerous conditions – you understand that, don’t you Mr. Basi?” asked Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie.
Outside court political commentator Michael Geoghegan, a Basi friend, said the RCMP pressuring Basi to cooperate in what he said is their intention to regain evidence from the trial in his possession and destroy it, jeopardizing a possible public inquiry.