Inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death delayed again

The start of the public inquiry into the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport has been postponed for the second time.

Retired B.C. Court of Appeal justice Thomas Braidwood’s hearing and study commission of inquiry is now set to begin on January 19 and sit for six weeks. The inquiry’s start was scheduled for November 12, after originally being planned for October 20.

According to Art Vertlieb, the commission’s counsel, the delay was necessary because Crown counsel is still considering whether to lay charges against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers involved in Dziekanski’s death on October 14, 2007.

“We’ve been told that Crown counsel is waiting for additional information from RCMP investigators before making a decision,” Vertlieb said in a press release. “To fulfill its mandate in the most ideal way, the commission needs the cooperation of the RCMP, including access to the Dziekanski case files. But that’s unlikely to happen until a decision is made on charges.”

Dziekanski, a Polish immigrant, died in the airport after he was tasered by the RCMP. A video of the incident was posted on-line, leading to a massive public outcry.

A report on the findings of the first Braidwood commission of inquiry, which looked into the use of tasers by non-RCMP police forces in B.C., is in the works.