Monday, October 12, 2009

Basi-Virk resumes with BC Rail document hearing Tuesday October 13 at 10 a.m.

The Trial That Never Begins - aka Basi-Virk, Railgate and the Legislature Raid case - resumes pre-trial hearings on BC Rail document issues under new Justice Anne MacKenzie on Tuesday October 13 at 10 a.m. at BC Supreme Court.

Three days are set aside for this hearing and I will be there as much as possible, filing reports here regularly.

For those unfamiliar with the case - former BC Liberal government ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk face corruption related charges for allegedly leaking confidential government information about the $1 billion privatization of BC Rail in 2003 to lobbyists acting for OmniTRAX - one of the bidders - in exchange for benefits. Aneal Basi, a former government communications officer, also faces money laundering charges connected to the alleged bribery.

CN Rail was the ultimately successful bidder in what defence lawyers have alleged was a tainted process - allegations backed up by the fact that CP Rail and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway both backed out of their respective bids before the final announcement, privately citing an unfair bidding situation in correspondence that has since become public.

For the definitive list of the cast of characters, go to my massive A-Z of the Basi-Virk/BC Legislature Raid Case on this blog.



Ron said...

Your A-Z list is very useful and your faithful coverage of this non-trial is much appreciated.Thank you Bill.

Probably over ten million dollars of legal fees are being paid by taxpayers as the Campbell Fiberals write the book on how to cover-up the consequences of their excremental policies and practice.

Now, with the expanding e-health scandal even more resources of our so-called justice system will be used.

As soon as Kash cleans his own slate, I'm sure he will continue to follow the Fiberal cover-up manual.

Overall they are responsible for more cover-ups than my cat's litter box.

DPL said...

Let's hope the new judge can light a fire under sombody to get thing thing up and running.