Sikh Man Suspected of Links to Terror Deported

July 3, 2006

Source: The Gazette

On July 3, 2006 The Gazette reported, "A man who the federal government believed was a threat to Canadian society was deported to his native India yesterday, his lawyer said. Sogi Bachan Singh, 45, had been held at the Riviere des Prairies detention centre in north-end Montreal since August 2002. Jailed on preventative detention following a one-year investigation by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service that began soon after his arrival in Canada in 2001, Singh was never formally charged. The Montreal man was alleged to have ties to Babbar Khalsa International, the group believed responsible for the 1985 Air India bombing, which killed 331 people. He denied these claims. Singh's lawyer, Mai Nguyen, human rights groups and members of the Sikh community to which Singh belongs opposed his deportation to India on the grounds that he might face torture there. The United Nations committee on torture requested that the Canadian government delay Singh's deportation until it reviewed the file. Last week, Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day denied this request, a move Singh's lawyer called 'abhorrent.' 'The Canadian government is deliberately sending him back to torture,' she said. Nguyen received a written statement Saturday morning from Day's office informing her that Singh would be deported yesterday."