Hardeep Singh Nijjar murder: Indians accused of killing Khalistan separatist appear in Canada court

Three Indian nationals accused of killing Khalistan separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar last year appeared in person for the first time in a Canadian court on Tuesday and were ordered by the judge not to have contact with several people in the community.

Karan Brar, 22, Kamalpreet Singh, 22, and Karanpreet Singh, 28, appeared in person at British Columbia Provincial Court in Surrey and Amandeep Singh, 22, appeared via video link, it said. the Vancouver Sun.

The British Columbia judge ordered the four not to have contact with several people in the community at their last court appearance, the report added.

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Those who appeared in person wore red prison sweatshirts as they entered the courtroom, while Amandeep remains in custody in Ontario, where he faced unrelated weapons charges before being arrested on May 10 for Nijjar’s murder.

Judge Mark Jette spoke to the men through an interpreter as he imposed the no-contact order, before adjourning the session until the suspects’ next court appearance on June 25.

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Richard Fowler, the lawyer representing Karan Brar, told the Vancouver Sun that “it’s completely understandable, given the context, why there is an enormous amount of community interest in this case. That level of community interest makes me… assure that “those accused of these crimes have a fair trial.”

“…And I have no doubt that members of the East Indian community, the broader Canadian community and the international community are equally interested in ensuring that there is a fair trial and that justice is done.”

Those attending the men’s final hearing were searched before entering the court, while a protest took place outside by supporters of Nijjar and the Sikh separatist movement he championed.

Bailiffs at the hearing placed people’s phones in plastic zipper bags and kept them outside the courtroom in plastic containers, and the judge warned observers that recording audio and taking photographs was prohibited, the report added. .

Hundreds of local Sikhs carrying Khalistani flags and banners turned up at the court.

Nijjar, 45, was murdered outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023.

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Ties between India and Canada came under severe strain following allegations by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September last year of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in Nijjar’s murder.

India has dismissed Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated.”

Nijjar, a Khalistani separatist, was wanted in India on several terrorism charges.

India has been asserting that its “core issue” with Canada remains the space given to separatists, terrorists and anti-India elements in that country.

Following Trudeau’s allegations last year, India temporarily suspended issuing visas to Canadian citizens. Visa services resumed several weeks later.

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar had recently said that by allowing political space to Khalistani separatist elements, the Canadian government is sending a message that its vote bank is “more powerful” than its rule of law.

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Posted: May 22, 2024, 06:59 am IST