Acquitted Air India Bombing Suspect Shot Dead in Canada

Canadian authorities have confirmed the murder of a man who was cleared of bombing an Air India flight in 1985 in a suspected targeted killing there.

The victm, identified as Ripudaman Singh Malik, was shot to death while driving in Surrey, British, Columbia,  police soon discovered a burned-out car nearby.

Canadian authorities said they were still investigating the motive for Mr. Malik’s murder.

On June 23, 1985, Air India flight 182 from Canada to India crashed off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 aboard, the majority of whom were Canadian nationals visiting family in India.

Malik denied taking part in the terrorist assault that claimed 329 lives.

In 2005, Malik was found not guilty, but police were charged with conducting a flawed investigation.

A second bomb in Japan prematurely detonated about the same time, killing two luggage workers.

The bombs on the plane were allegedly planted there by Mr. Bagri and Mr. Malik.

However, the prosecution’s case rested on whether or not crucial prosecution witnesses who asserted the accused had admitted to involvement in the bombing in private were reliable.

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