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June 3, 2002 -- Court rules against admitting attempted-murder evidence in Air- India trial, but allows Mr. Bagri's Madison Square Garden speech subject to editing.

June 7, 2002 -- Court rules that Mr. Bagri's constitutional rights were violated by CSIS destruction of wiretap tapes.

Feb. 10, 2003 -- In a dramatic turn of events, Mr. Reyat pleads guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to five years in prison.

April 17, 2003--A publication ban on 8,000 court documents is lifted


April 28, 2003--The historic mass murder trial begins in Vancouver

May, June, 2003--The trial hears that Canada's spy agency may have had a mole among the group of Vancouver Sikhs who later became suspects in the Air-India bombing, and the agency may have pulled him out just before the bombs were allegedly taken to the airport, police documents indicate during the trial.

June 24, 2003--The trial hears evidence for the first time indicating a link between alleged murderers Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in 1985 before the bombing in the form of phone calls between their residences.

Sept. 10, 2003--Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person to be convicted in the Air-India disaster of 1985, testified in a calm voice about acquiring items used in bombs to kill 331 people. But Mr. Reyat did not link Mr. Malik or Mr. Bagri to the crash.

November, 2003--The Crown's star witness begins testifying. Both the prosecution and the defence say the $100-million case rests largely on her credibility. The woman testifies that Mr. Malik confessed to her the bombing of the Air-India plane. She also spoke at length of the relationship she shared with Mr. Malik, saying he confided in her because they were in love. I love Mr. Malik. "He loved me. We shared birthdays; we shared presents. We cared for each other," she said.

Dec. 15, 2003--A key witness refuses to provide crucial evidence against Mr. Bagri, saying she did not remember what she told police in the 1980s. The Crown attempts, and fails, to have her declared a hostile witness.

Jan. 8, 2004-- Attempted murder charges against Mr. Bagri in connection with a separate shooting of newspaper publisher Tara Singh Hayer in 1988 are thrown out after the Crown says the evidence against him is no longer available.

March 1, 2004--An FBI informant testifies that Mr. Bagri told him a few weeks after the disaster that he was involved in the bomb attacks. The informant said he was "shocked" to hear Mr. Bagri say "We did this."

March 5, 2004--The case against Mr. Bagri received a huge boost with a ruling that a conversation recounted by a woman friend of Mr. Bagri could be considered as evidence in the trial. The woman told a CSIS agent that Mr. Bagri came to her home and asked to use her car to take baggage to the airport. Mr. Bagri told her that the baggage was taking a trip but he was not. She refused to give him the car, but the prosecution alleges Mr. Bagri had intended to use the car to take baggage with explosives to the airport.

May 14, 2004--A conspiracy theory linking the Air-India disaster to a co-pilot on the flight or to Indian government diplomatic pouches aboard the plane is been ruled out.

Aug. 16, 2004--Defence witness Balbir Singh Gharala contradicts key details in the prosecution's case against Mr. Bagri.

Aug. 30, 2004--Mr. Bagri and Mr. Malik won't testify in their own defence at the historic international terrorism trial, Mr. Bagri's lawyer says.

Oct. 19, 2004--The final phase in the Air-India trial begins with submissions on whether the court can believe witnesses who testified about the involvement of Vancouver millionaire businessman Ripudaman Singh Malik in the killing of 331 people. Defence lawyers for co-defendant Ajaib Singh Bagri then begin their final submissions the next week, and Crown prosecutors make their submissions in November of 2004.

Dec. 3, 2004--After 217 days of listening to evidence and legal arguments, Mr. Justice Ian Bruce Josephson withdraws to consider his verdict in the Air-India trial.

March 16, 2005--Verdict is expected.

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