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Thursday, April 03, 2008

House of Commons committee meets on taser issue at Vancouver airport

April 3, 2008
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The vice-president of corporate security at Vancouver International Airport says it may never be known what Robert Dziekanski was doing for several hours inside the customs area before he was jolted by an RCMP Taser and died.

Michael O'Brien made his comment Thursday before a House of Commons committee in the midst of a two-days fact-finding mission on the Taser issue.

O'Brien says Dziekanski's whereabouts are not known for some five hours because he was not seen on airport cameras.

MPs from the Commons committee took the same walk Dziekanski would have after arriving on a flight from Poland last October.

Vancouver airport and Canada Border Services Agency officials led the public safety committee from the deceased's airline exit point to the spot where he died in an attempt to help the committee understand the events.

In addition to the committee's inquiries, a public inquiry has been announced, a criminal investigation is ongoing and a coroner's inquest has been called.

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