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Juror remark postpones perjury trial

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has dismissed the jury in theperjury trial of Inderjit Singh Reyat after a juror’s comment duringthe selection process.

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has dismissed the jury in the perjury trial of Inderjit Singh Reyat after a juror’s comment during the selection process.

A new jury will be selected next Monday, and the trial is scheduled to begin the week after that.

Reyat testified for the Crown at the 2003 trial of two men who were eventually acquitted in the Air India bombing, but an indictment lists 27 instances in which prosecutors allege he lied.

The trial was to begin in Vancouver yesterday, but instead the judge called in jurors and explained that one them had made comments during the selection process last week that meant all 12 of them had to be dismissed from the case.

B.C. Supreme Court Judge Mark McEwan didn’t elaborate on exactly what the comments were, but he told the jury it would be too difficult to determine the true nature of them and whether other jurors were tainted by them to continue.

 
 
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