Air India inquiry concludes, recommends national security czar

A 4,000 page report recommends better security and victim compensation

Today, a 4,000-page report will be released to the families of the victims of the 1985 Air India explosion, which killed 329 people in one of the world’s deadliest terrorist strikes. It was also the largest case of mass murder in Canadian history. The inquiry concluded that authorities should have known Air India was a likely terrorist attack. It also contains recommendations for improved security in Canada, particularly that Canada create a role for a security czar to oversee disputes between the RCMP and CSIS. This person would be the ultimate security authority, the Globe and Mail reports, directing terrorism prosecutions and helping to get them through the courts. Justice John Major, who led the inquiry, said there are holes in this country’s security systems that need to be mended. Major’s report also recommended compensation for the families who, he said, were often treated as adversaries, AP reports.

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