Elderly Indo-Canadian Couple Accused Of “Honour Killing” Of Jassi Sidhu Set To Extradited To India
VANCOUVER, BC Court Of Appeal Ruled Federal Justice Minister’s Conduct Amounted To An Abuse Of Process In Denying Malkit Kaur Sidhu And Her Brother Surjit Singh Badesha Access To Lawyer But Granted Go Ahead With The Extradition Anyway!
The ghost of her daughter Jassi Sidhu has finally forced Malkit Kaur Sidhu and her brother Surjit Singh Badesha be closer to facing an Indian court after both have fought not to be extradited to India given India’s awful human rights record with already holding one British-Sikh in jail without evidence and without a trial. Lawyers for Badesha and Sidhu went to the B.C. Court of Appeal to argue their clients weren’t given the chance to review the federal justice minister’s decision to extradite them and that they were denied access to counsel. The court ruled unanimously that while the minister’s conduct did amount to an abuse of process, it did not warrant a stay of proceedings. Sidhu and Badesha have long opposed their surrender to India, arguing they would face violence and torture in Indian prisons.
Department of Justice said this week that both Sidhu and Badesha, who are accused of hiring assassins to kill Jaswinder Kaur, aka Jassi Sidhu, will be extradited to India within days.
She was killed and her husband was severely beaten after Sidhu travelled to India to marry the man her family did not consider acceptable.
The victim’s mother and uncle were earlier ordered extradited to face charges and were en route to India in September 2017 when their trip was halted in Toronto when defence lawyers filed a last-minute application for a judicial review, reported Canadian Press.
Last month, the B.C. Court of Appeal denied their requests for a stay of proceedings and a judicial review.
An email from the Justice Department says Badesha and Sidhu will be transferred before Jan. 25.
Sidhu and Badesha had 30 days following the December ruling to file another leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada but that period expired earlier this month, meaning Canada is in a position to “fulfil the extradition request,” says the statement from Department of Justice spokesman Ian McLeod.
Lawyers for Badesha and Sidhu went to the B.C. Court of Appeal to argue their clients weren’t given the chance to review the federal justice minister’s decision to extradite them and that they were denied access to counsel, reported Canadian Press.
The pair have enjoyed a very “long and full day in court,” the judges added, noting their case has been considered by two justice ministers, the provincial appeal court and the Supreme Court of Canada.