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Judge sets wide publication ban on BC Rail corruption case

Justice Anne MacKenzie has imposed a publication ban severely limiting what media may legally report from the British Columbia Legislature raid case.

Here's how the ban's worded: “There shall be no publication in any document or broadcast or transmission of any evidence, submissions, rulings or Reasons for Judgment given in these proceedings in the absence of the jury until the jury renders its verdict or until further order of the Court.”

The trial, set to start May 3, involves corruption charges against former B.C. Liberal government aides David Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi related to the $1 billion sale of B.C. Rail.

Find my further thoughts on the publication ban on my blog.

Bill Tieleman is a regular Tyee contributor who writes a column on B.C. politics every Tuesday in 24 Hours newspaper.

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