Inderjit Singh Reyat — connected to two commercial aircraft bombing attempts — has been released. He and his co-conspirators were Sikh separatists whose terrorist attacks on commercial airliners were revenge against India for Operation Blue Star against the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
- He served 10 years in prison — from 1991 through 2001 — for the June 23, 1985 explosion at what’s now known as Tokyo Narita airport. Two baggage handlers were killed. The bomb was intended for Air India flight AI301 to Bangkok with 177 passengers and crew onboard.
- He received just 5 years in a 2003 plea agreement for “supplying bomb parts housed in a suitcase that exploded aboard Air India Flight 182” from Montreal to London the same day with 329 souls on board. The light sentence was in exchange for his testimony against two others.
- The co-conspirators were acquitted, and he was charged and convicted of perjury related to his withholding evidence and lying to minimize his own involvement in the plot. He received 9 years in prison. He served two-thirds of that and became eligible for release into a halfway house last year.
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After a year in a halfway house he’s now permitted to move to his family’s home in British Columbia.
The man was involved in two plots to blow up airlines. One was successful taking 329 lives, and one was unsuccessful taking ‘only’ two lives. It’s the unsuccessful plot he served the most time for. And he’s being fully released because he’s believed to still suffer from “violent behaviour,” but he’s unlikely to blow up any more airplanes “unless there was a threat to his ‘Sikh cause.'”
“However if there were a threat to your Sikh cause, your risk for future based group violence is high. There is no information that indicates your political cause is under threat,” Hall said.
The man cut a deal and still helped his co-conspirators go free. And now he’s going effectively free, although until August 2018 he “is not allowed to participate in political activities for any organization, can’t contact his victims’ families and must stay away from criminals, extremist propaganda and anything that could be used to build an explosive device.”
After August 2018 it appears even those bets are off.