Something tells me that we are going to want to revisit former Campbell/Clark government Deputy Attorney General Mr. David Loukidelis' version of how the Six Million Dollar deal came into being one day soon.
For the record, and in his own words (not to mention 'in writing'), here is Mr. Loukidelis' version, from the fall of 2010 just as the Railgate trial was coming to screeching to a halt in the wake of the 'deal':
"It is important to clarify for the record the circumstances relating to the decision to release Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk from their liability to repay their legal costs of the prosecution that concluded this week with their guilty pleas.
On October 5, 2010, it came to the attention of the Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, that the special prosecutor had proposed resolution of the prosecutions through guilty pleas.
Discussions then took place between the Legal Services Branch and defence counsel, including with respect to their clients’ liability to repay their legal costs. (The indemnities provided that they would have to do so unless acquitted on all counts.)
Legal Services Branch referred the matter to me and to the Deputy Minister of Finance. The Deputy Minister of Finance has authority under the Financial Administration Act respecting this matter. He and I considered the issue. A major consideration was the relatively small amounts that might be recovered from Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk compared to the millions of additional dollars it would cost the government to continue to fund defence, prosecution and court-related costs through to the completion of the trial, and to fund any appeals, with no guarantee of convictions.
Based on the above, in our respective capacities the Deputy Minister of Finance and I decided to release Mr. Basi and Mr. Virk from their liability to repay. I communicated that decision to the Attorney General on October 8, 2010.
No one outside the Legal Services Branch, myself and the Deputy Minister of Finance had any knowledge of this or involvement. For clarity, neither the special prosecutor nor the Attorney General had any knowledge of the matter or any involvement in this.
A letter is being sent today to counsel for Mr. Basi and counsel for Mr. Virk releasing them and their clients from the October 14, 2010 condition that required they not discuss the above financial matters and that they refer all inquiries to the Ministry of Attorney General. "
Need a little more background?
You can find it here.
Please note the 'release' of Mess'rs Basi and Virk and their lawyers in the final paragraph of Mr. Loukidelis' "statement' above....proMedia mavens, especially (take note, I mean)...
Next up, former Campbell/Clark Attorney General Mr. Geoff Plant will explain, for the record and in his own words, why a prior 'understanding' is not a prior 'inducement'....