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Canada Jaspal Atwal lawyer says media has ‘obsession’ with client, attacks reporter for asking questions

00:01  09 march  2018
00:01  09 march  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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has ‘ obsession ’ with client , attacks reporter for asking questionsThe lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an " obsession " with his client and attacked a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal .

The lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an “ obsession ” with his client and criticized a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal questions during a press conference. Story continues below.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, left, their daughter Ella Grace, second left, and son Xavier greet in Indian style during their visit to Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.© Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, left, their daughter Ella Grace, second left, and son Xavier greet in Indian style during their visit to Golden Temple, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

The lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an "obsession" with his client and attacked a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal questions during a press conference.

Shortly before a press conference held at his Vancouver office, lawyer Rishi Gill warned reporters in attendance several times not to direct any questions to Atwal, who wanted only to read a prepared statement and not answer queries from reporters.

Trudeau stands by official about India trip

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with client , attacks reporter for asking questionsThe lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an " obsession " with his client and attacked a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal questions

has ‘ obsession ’ with client , attacks reporter for asking questionsThe lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an " obsession " with his client and attacked a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal

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Atwal then read a roughly six-page statement in which he said he has taken responsibility for the attempted murder of a visiting Indian politician in 1986. He said he was "shocked and devastated" over the scrutiny that erupted when it was reported he had secured an invitation to a reception held by the Canadian High Commissioner to India to mark the end of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's week-long visit to the country last month.

“I'm sorry for the embarrassment this matter has caused," Atwal read out. "However, I want to again stress this terrible event that happened in the past is something I live with every day and take complete responsibility for.”

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has ‘ obsession ’ with client , attacks reporter for asking questionsThe lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an " obsession " with his client and attacked a reporter for defying his self-imposed order not to ask Jaspal Atwal

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Gill then took questions from reporters on Atwal's behalf and said that Atwal had done nothing wrong by asking Liberal MP Randeep Sarai if he could be put on the invite list to attend the reception with the prime minister.

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Gill said Atwal did not know who had taken a photo of his client with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau at a reception several nights earlier and posted it online.

“That's a really interesting question," Gill said. "We don’t know. Certainly, somebody was trying to embarrass somebody.”

As well, Gill suggested it is unfair for anyone to suggest Atwal secured the dinner invitation improperly, and for anyone to ask whether Atwal has done anything wrong since being released from prison for attempted murder in the early 1990s. Posing questions about Atwal's behavior, Gill said, are akin to asking someone, “Can you tell me when you stopped snorting cocaine?"

India denies any role in Atwal controversy

  India denies any role in Atwal controversy India's Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement Wednesday saying the Indian government had no role in an incident in which an attempted murderer was invited to a pair of events Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended during his visit to India last week. © Provided by thecanadianpress.comJaspal Atwal — a B.C. Sikh convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 — attended a reception in Mumbai but Trudeau's office said a later invitation to a party in New Delhi was revoked as soon as his name was spotted on the guest list.

READ MORE: Jaspal Atwal lawyer says media has ‘ obsession ’ with client , criticizes reporter for asking questions . The Indian High Commissioner vehemently denied the suggestion and the Conservatives went on the attack , arguing the fracas had damaged relations with India and calling on

Jaspal Atwal lawyer says media has ‘ obsession ’ with client , attacks reporter for asking questionsThe lawyer for a convicted failed assassin invited to a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the media has an " obsession " with his client and attacked a reporter for defying his

At the end of the press conference, Global News reporter Jordan Armstrong asked directly why Atwal would not answer any questions and Gill immediately lashed out, accusing Armstrong of "unethical" behaviour and "fraud."

ANALYSIS: How Justin Trudeau’s India trip went from bad to ‘Bengal Bungle’

Trudeau's visit to India last month was intended to be about promoting business ties between Canada and India, but instead became derailed by repeated criticisms that he and his family were going too far in their consistent wearing of Indian traditional clothing, spending too much time at tourist stops, and that the Canadian government was too soft on Sikh extremism.

Several times, Trudeau was forced to defend the government's stance on supporting a "united India" while stressing that Canadians have a right to freedom of speech and can hold any number of views.

About mid-way through the trip, photos emerged of Atwal posing with Gregoire Trudeau at a reception at the same time it was reported that Atwal was on the invite list for the upcoming reception.

The Prime Minister's Office quickly yanked back the invitation but the opposition argued that security should have flagged Atwal's name earlier.

A government source later insinuated to several media outlets, including Global News, that factions in India may have removed Atwal from a travel blacklist to embarrass Trudeau. No evidence to support that suggestion has been presented.

Atwal says he has renounced terrorism and he asked to attend Trudeau India event .
A man at the centre of a controversy surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent visit to India says he has renounced terrorism and no longer advocates for Sikh separatism. Jaspal Atwal says since he was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986, he has tried to contribute to Canadian society, which includes meeting politicians from various parties.Before he recently left for a trip to India, he says he contacted Liberal MP Randeep Sarai to see if there was a chance for him to attend a reception with Trudeau.

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