|David Basi and legal counsel Mike Bolton outside court in 2010|
Fair enough - they paid the lawyers' fees to make the application.
I will be attempting as an accredited journalist at BC Supreme Court to obtain copies for 24 hours/The Tyee and this blog and will update you at that time.
Having read both reports, I can't say it's earth shattering news that the RCMP "cleared" Premier Gordon Campbell and ex-Deputy Premier Christy Clark at the time - since the RCMP said no politicians were under investigation.
BC Supreme Court Associated Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie today - Wednesday - ruled that material previously sealed by the court in the BC Legislature Raid case can be released - but only to accredited media, not the public.
The Province newspaper's Keith Fraser reports that MacKenzie made the order and that the material will likely be available Thursday morning.
But defence lawyer Kevin McCullough argued strongly that the public had the right to see several affidavits from the lead RCMP investigator and other material.
And McCullough vigorously opposed a Crown request that all evidence disclosed to the defence be returned, saying former BC Liberal government ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk - McCullough's client - who pled guilty in a suprise plea bargain, want it preserved in case of a public inquiry.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the court hearing due to the illness of my daughter but hope to obtain copies of the material Thursday if possible.
UPDATE - CTV News reports released documents show Christy Clark, Gordon Campbell cleared by RCMP investigators
CTV reporter Jim Beatty says late this afternoon that documents "obtained exclusively" by CTV show "no evidence" was found by RCMP of any wrongdoing by Premier Gordon Campbell or then-Deputy Premier Christy Clark in the BC Legislature Raid case that started in 2003.
Beatty reports that "court documents released Wednesday" in an application filed in BC Supreme Court by CTV and the Globe and Mail show police and Crown evidence revealed nothing linking Campbell or current BC Liberal leadership candidate Clark to crimes committed by Basi and Virk, who pled guilty to breach of trust and fraud in October 2010.
"All along, this has been something that people with a political agenda have been trying to drag me into," Clark said Wednesday told CTV. "Those people have a political agenda; they're not speaking about reality when they throw all this mud."
BC Rail was sold for $1 billion in November 2003 and on December 28, 2003 police made an unprecedented raid on the BC Legislature, taking away boxes of evidence from Basi and Virk's offices.
The home of Clark's brother Bruce Clark was searched by police the same day and a "statement of fact" agreed upon by both the Crown and defence at the trial's conclusion said confidential government information regarding a second planned privatization of other BC Rail assets was found in Bruce Clark's possession - and that it had been provided to him by Basi and Virk.
Clark and then-husband Mark Marissen were visited at their home by police to discuss the case but no search warrant was ever issued and Marissen has repeatedly made clear that full cooperation was provided in the investigation.
Clark's current campaign activists include Patrick Kinsella, who was paid $297,000 by BC Rail to provide "business advice" between 2001 and 2005 and who chaired or co-chaired the 2001 and 2005 BC Liberal election campaigns.