UPDATE 1:45 p.m. Tuesday
The Vancouver Sun's Neal Hall now also has a story on the search warrant "information to obtain" documents released by the BC Supreme Court yesterday.
UPDATE 10 p.m. Monday
Court documents allege David Basi began taking bribes from lobbyist Erik Bornmann shortly after 2001 BC Liberal election win, according to Bornmann statement to police
Stunning news tonight from BC Supreme Court - the Province newspaper's Keith Fraser reports that David Basi, the former ministerial aide convicted of political corruption, began taking bribes from lobbyist Erik Bornmann shortly after the BC Liberal election win in 2001 - and long before the 2003 privatization of BC Rail.
Basi and co-assused ex-ministerial aide Bob Virk pled guilty in a surprise plea bargain in October to breach of trust and fraud charges for passing on confidential government information on the sale of BC Rail to Bornmann and Brian Kieran - lobbyists for OmniTRAX, the losing bidder in the $1 billion sale won by CN Rail.
Fraser writes that a statement to police by Bornmann says he, Basi and Bruce Clark - brother of BC Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark - began discussing setting up a lobbying business shortly after the election win in 2001.
Bruce Clark's home was the subject of a police search warrant at the same time as the police raid on the BC Legislature on December 28, 2003 and according to a mutually agreed statement of facts from the Special Prosecutor and defence lawyers, confidential documents related to the planned sale of the BC Rail Roberts Bank sub-port spur line were found in Clark's house.
At that time Bruce Clark was a lobbyist for Washington Marine Group, one of the anticipated bidders for the BC Rail spur line - worth up to $70 million.
That privatization was cancelled after RCMP informed the office of then -Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon - now another BC Liberal leadership candidate - that the sale had been ``tainted`` by the leak of information.
Fraser also reports that the court documents show a forensic investigation by an accountant found that Basi had $870,000 in unexplained income between the years 2000 and 2004.
Basi`s lawyers argued otherwise, saying that accountant finally determined that $112,000 came from unknown sources, with the remainder attributed to Basi`s mother and wife.
Unfortunately I was unable to be present in court today for the application by several media outlets to unseal parts of search warrants previously undisclosed.
I strongly recommend readers check out Keith Fraser`s story in the Province online or in Tuesday`s newspaper.
In apparently unrelated news, Christy Clark`s campaign manager Ken Boessenkool has quit - according to an exclusive email obtained by Public Eye Online`s Sean Holman.
Boessenkool will be replaced by Mike McDonald, a former BC Liberal caucus communications director whose name surfaced in the Basi-Virk pre-trial hearings connected to alleged political dirty tricks undertaken by Basi. McDonald`s wife Jessica McDonald was Premier Gordon Campbell`s senior deputy minister until October 2009.
Christy Clark has rejected the idea of a public inquiry into the Basi-Virk case, most recently on CKNW`s Bill Good Show this morning.
EARLIER POST BELOW:
It could be a very interesting day in BC Supreme Court as several media outlets make arguments before Justice Anne MacKenzie to gain access to search warrant information in the BC Legislature Raid case never released to the public.
I am unable to attend at this point but will update readers as soon as possible.
One person in particular may be very, very concerned - BC Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark.
As pointed out here previously, Clark has a great many connections to the sale of BC Rail when she was deputy premier and was the subject of defence allegations made in the pre-trial hearings of now-convicted former ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk.
And with former BC Rail consultant and BC Liberal backroom operative Patrick Kinsella actively working on Christy Clark's campaign, count him as another interested spectator.
Also of interest - the BC Liberal Party's longtime Executive Director Kelly Reichert has resigned his position.
Reichert's name came up repeatedly in pre-trial hearings where allegations of dirty political tricks were raised by defence lawyers for Basi and Virk.
Reichert is also brother-in-law to RCMP Superintendent Kevin de Bruyckere - who was a lead investigator in the Basi-Virk case despite his relationship, which was disclosed to his superiors.
Chad Pederson, the BC Liberals' communications director, has taken over the job - and in the middle of a leadership campaign.
Which raises the question of timing - why did Reichert leave now?
For background information on all the various BC Leglislature Raid players see my exhaustive A-Z of Basi-Virk that was published in 2008.
UPDATE - 12:20 p.m. - but nothing to tell you so far as journalists in attendance at court sort through what is reportable.