The one person who ever saw jail time for his part in the Air India bombing has been given a statutory release from his record nine-year sentence for perjury.
Inderjit Singh Reyat was found guilty in 2010 following his testimony in the Air India trial.
Bal Gupta, who lost his wife in the attack, says he doubts the terrorists will ever see justice.
“I only say that God give them some sense, either they come forward, which I think is almost a hope against hope, or even to Reyat. I mean, he knows who those people are. He will never disclose those people. So, I don’t think these people — I don’t know what to call them, to tell the truth.”
Former Surrey MLA Dave Hayer’s father was assassinated after providing evidence against the Air India bombers.
Reyat never provided authorities with information about who else was involved in the bombing and who paid for it.
He says he hopes police keep a close eye on him.
“It is painful. I have talked to many of the victim’s families from the Air India flight and they all say look there was nobody there really looking after our interests. They all seemed to be looking after either the government’s interest or other people’s interests. The government has spent millions of dollars doing this investigation.”
Hayer says it is like an open wound that won’t heal, as Reyat was the only person ever held responsible and now he is free.
A total of 329 people died when Air India Flight 182 exploded mid-air off the coast of Ireland in 1985.
The Parole Board of Canada says Reyat must obey eight conditions of release.
They include not associating with anyone who is involved in criminal activity, or holds extremist views, or is engaged in political activity; not contacting the victims’ families; reporting all contact with any men he meets; and getting counselling to deal with violent thoughts and convincing himself of things that aren’t true.