On June 23rd, 1985, a Boeing 747 took off from the Montréal-Mirabel International Airport in Quebec, Canada en route to New Delhi, India by way of London. It reached Irish airspace before a bomb that had been snuck onto the plane detonated, ripping the commercial airliner from the sky and claiming the lives of 329 people. It remains the largest mass murder Canada has ever seen, and until September 11th, 2001, it held the title of deadliest terrorist attack involving an aircraft in history.
Only one person was ever convicted of the crime. Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Sikh that immigrated to Canada from India, was found guilty of making two bombs, one which was stuffed aboard Flight 182, the crash that claimed the lives of 329 people, the other exploded in Japan’s Narita airport, killing two more baggage handlers as they were transferring cargo out of a plane.
Reyat was again convicted of lying under oath in 2010, as he testified in the trials of the only two other people implicated in the attack. They were each acquitted, due in no small part to Reyat’s deceit while on the stand.
And on Wednesday, the Canadian parole board announced that they have granted Reyat his freedom.