Charges laid in homicide of Ripudaman Singh Malik

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      Two men are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a high-profile Sikh businessman.

      Ripudaman Singh Malik was in his car outside his Surrey business on 128th Street when the killing occurred in broad daylight on July 14.

      According to a tweet by the Vancouver Sun's Kim Bolan, the two accused are 21-year-old Tanner Fox and 23-year-old Jose Lopez.

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team will offer more details at a news conference at 3 p.m.

      In 2005, Malik was acquitted in B.C. Supreme Court on 331 charges of first-degree murder. They came in connection with suitcase bombs being placed on two Air India planes, including Flight 182, which exploded over the Irish Sea on June 23, 1985, killing all 329 passengers and crew.

      The other two charges were in connection with the death of two Japanese baggage handlers at Narita Airport on the same day.

      Malik was a cofounder of the Khalsa school and Khalsa credit union.

      He was also a donor to Babbar Khalsa, a now-banned extremist group headed by the so-called mastermind of the plot, Talwinder Singh Parmar, who died at the hands of Indian police in 1992 without ever being charged in the bomb blasts.