World Sikh Organization encourages witnesses to come forward



    OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The World Sikh Organization (WSO) shares
its disappointment with fellow Canadians, that potentially crucial testimony
regarding the AI-182 disaster on June 23, 1985 cannot be heard due to fears
for the safety of the witnesses.
    The WSO has repeatedly called for a public Inquiry into this tragedy and
has anxiously looked forward to the long-standing questions being finally
answered. The Sikh community as a whole that has lived under a dark cloud of
suspicion for 22 years also has great expectations for the truth to come to
light at the Air India Inquiry.
    WSO Director of Administration, Ajit Singh Sahota stated today, "It is
unfortunate that witnesses do not feel secure enough to reveal their evidence.
The authorities must take every reasonable step to ensure the safety of the
witnesses so that their evidence can be recorded and the necessary information
can be made public. After 22 years, the families and all Canadians deserve to
know all the truth."
    WSO Canada President Gurpreet Singh Bal reiterated the sentiments of the
Sikh community today: "It is our hope that the witnesses will find courage to
do the right thing and disclose what they know. The hopes of all Canadians and
specifically the victims' families and the entire Sikh community rest in this
Inquiry. We all hope that truth will prevail and that depends on this
testimony being heard. If it is not, the suffering of 22 years will continue
and justice may never be done".
    In the interest of justice and truth, WSO calls upon all Canadians with
any information that may add value in our collective quest for truth, to come
forward and further the cause of justice in our society.




For further information:

For further information: Anne Lowthian, Executive Director, (613)
521-1984, Cell: (613) 220-6214, alowthian@sympatico.ca; Amanpreet Singh Bal,
Media Relations, (905) 567-1795, Cel. (647) 224-0000, asinghbal@gmail.com

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