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BC Rail corruption trial resumes

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | 2:31 pm

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The BC Rail corruption trial resumed on Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver after all 12 jurors agreed to stay on until the third week of April 2011.

The jury was originally told the trial would wrap up by the end of July, but last week the judge and lawyers involved worked out a newer and much longer schedule.

The jury was asked on Monday if they would be able to stay on into next year by Judge Anne MacKenzie.

“I understand all 12 of you can stay? That is quite remarkable. Thank you for that,” she told the jury after all 12 agreed to stay on Wednesday.

The trial is expected to break for at least two breaks in the summer and again at Christmas, she told them. The trial then resumed with the cross examination of Martyn Brown, Premier Gordon Campbell's chief of staff.

The trial is looking into former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk, who are facing charges of fraud and breach of trust relating to the privatization of the BC Rail company.

Basi and Virk are accused of leaking confidential government information to a lobbyist who worked for Denver-based OmniTrax, one of three companies vying for BC Rail, which was sold to CN Rail in November 2003.

Former government communcations officer Aneal Basi, Dave Basi's cousin, is charged with money laundering.

Martyn spent much of the first week of the trial responding to allegations by defence lawyers that he repeatedly called one of the accused to offer support.

CBC News

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