VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A mother and uncle accused of orchestrating the murder of a Maple Ridge woman in India 18 years ago have lost a last-ditch effort to avoid extradition to that country.
Jaswinder “Jassi” Sidhu’s so-called “honour killing” shocked the Lower Mainland.
It’s been more than a year since Canada’s top court ordered Malkit Sidhu and Surjit Badesha to go to India and face justice. They are accused of setting up the murder of their daughter because she married a poor rickshaw driver.
But in September 2017, Jassi’s mother and uncle avoided extradition by asking the courts for yet another review. They claimed the government had violated their rights by whisking them to Toronto, and almost onto a flight to India — without letting them talk to their lawyers.
The pair wanted a review of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s decision to surrender them to authorities in India.
In Tuesday’s decision, the B.C. Court of Appeal blasted the government for abuse of process — but says it’s not enough to warrant halting the extradition.
“In our view, the Minister’s decisions not to accept the applicants’ submissions of “new” evidence … were reasonable,” the appeal court justices said in written reasons.
“The Minister was right to express concern for an effective, expeditious extradition process and respect for the principle of finality. It was reasonable for the Minister to conclude that it was in the interests of justice to surrender the applicants.”