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BC Rail trial off to slow start

The wheels of justice are in desperate need of a push start at the BC Rail corruption trial.

In actual time, the trial of David Basi, Bobby Virk and Aneal Basi – accused of leaking confidential government documents about the sale of BC Rail – is in its third week. Six weeks have been scheduled.

But so far, the jury has only heard from one of at least 30 anticipated witnesses as the complicated case struggles to find its stride.

The first day of the trial was adjourned because of legal issues.

Martyn Brown, Premier Gordon Campbell’s chief of staff, is the trial’s first witness and was expected to be on the stand for one day.

But long answers, constant arguments among lawyers and wide-ranging cross-examinations kept him in the witness box.

The entire trial was then put on hold last week as Aneal Basi came down with an illness.

Proceedings were supposed to get back underway Monday, but the jury – which spent most of its time outside the courtroom – were faced with yet another delay.

Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie called the jurors in the room and gave them the bad news.

“Matters have arisen that counsel and I had to discuss and need to discuss further … therefore, I am excusing you until Wednesday.”

Matt Kieltyka reports for 24 Hours Vancouver.

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