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We finally have a trial date

BILL TIELEMAN

The new B.C. Rail corruption case judge says the trial should begin in early January 2010 - six years after police raided the B.C. Legislature.

Justice Anne MacKenzie told her first court hearing since taking over from Justice Elizabeth Bennett that she is intent on moving quickly to the trial of former B.C. government ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk for alleging leaking confidential B.C. Rail sale documents to lobbyists representing a bidder.

"You can anticipate that this trial will start in early January - that's a reasonable assumption," she said.

But defence lawyer Kevin McCullough, representing Virk, was not convinced.

"This trial was going to start in November 2005," McCullough pointed out while objecting to MacKenzie's proposed schedule for remaining defence applications.