The Parole Board of Canada has lifted residency restrictions for the only man ever convicted in the 1985 Air India bombing.
The decision means that Inderjit Singh Reyat can leave a halfway house and live wherever he wants.
Reyat was accused of perjury in 2006 for repeatedly lying during his testimony at a trial into the bombing deaths of more than 300 people.
He was speaking as a Crown witness at the 2003 trial of Ripudamen Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri.
Malik and Bagri were acquitted of mass murder and conspiracy charges in the June 23, 1985 bombing that sent an Air India jet into the Irish Sea.
But Reyat was found guilty in 2010 and sentenced to nine years in prison. Before that, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for supplying bomb parts to the attack.
He is still subject to several parole board conditions, including not participating in political activities and having no contact with the victims’ families.
“It sends a very bad message”
The Chair of Air India 182 Victims’ Families Association says he can’t believe the only man convicted of the attack can now live at home.
Bal Gupta, who lost his wife in Canada’s largest mass murder, says the loosening Reyat’s shackles sets a bad precedent.
“I have no idea how he can be low-risk. Not only that, it sends a very bad message to radicals, whoever they may be.”
He says there’s nothing stopping Reyat now that he doesn’t have to live at a halfway house.
“I mean he’s there. And the persons for whom he did what he did, they are there. So I’m not sure what is stopping him. It should be a worry for every Canadian.”