RCMP announce preliminary probe into missing emails, same day as Times Colonist editorial declares:” The people who ordered the records destroyed have no place in government…”
” ….No one employed by the government could be unaware of the charges against Dave Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi. It is beyond belief to think that any senior government employee would not know better than to destroy evidence that could be needed in a major court case.
That is apparently what has happened, according to evidence presented to the court this week. To make matters worse, some e-mails were destroyed after the defence lawyers asked to see them.
The loss of these documents is a serious problem for the B.C. Liberal government, one that will plague Premier Gordon Campbell and his cabinet until the next election.
Campbell’s only real choice, if he wants to restore his government’s credibility, is to give British Columbians a full accounting of what went wrong and who was to blame. The people who ordered the records destroyed have no place in government….. ”
Today, Justice Bennett rules on the relevance of those missing emails -a crucial moment for the Premier et al. Court is open to the public and the Basi-Virk hearing begins at 9 am. Details for today’s hearing can be viewed here, under case #23299 : http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/courts/court-lists/criminal/lists/Vancouver_Law_Courts-Supreme_Court_List.pdf
In another move missed by most, the RCMP announced Saturday that they have launched a preliminary probe into the missing emails to determine if a full criminal investigation is warranted.
As per the Province article link from last weekend’s Sunday edition, RCMP spokesperson Cst. Tim Shields had this to say: ” We wouldn’t go ahead and launch a full-fledged criminal investigation until there was evidence there are violations of the federal Criminal Code or provincial statutes. At first blush . . . the destruction of internal e-mails does not appear to constitute a criminal offence.” http://www.theprovince.com/news/Cops+launch+preliminary+probe+into+missing+Rail+mails/1805674/story.html
Well, if destruction of emails that were requested by lawyers two years ago in a court of law as possible evidence ISN’ T obstruction of justice, what is?
Clearly, Madame Bennett has a very important decision to make. It all rests in her hands.