Jaspal Atwal arrested and charged in B.C.

Written by Meeshika Sharma

Published on : May 12, 2018 11:58

Jaspal Atwal

Jaspal Atwal, a convicted attempted murderer who provoked a political controversy earlier this year after he was photographed with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau during a government trip to India faces new charges.

Atwal,  was recently arrested and charged with one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm  in connection with an alleged incident on April 23.

A source told the Sun he spent more than one day in jail prior to an initial court appearance for an offence that allegedly occurred on April 23.

A media relations officer with the RCMP in Surrey, British Columbia said Atwal is expected to appear in court on May 24.

Atwal was convicted in 1986 of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister who was visiting B.C. for a wedding. He was later charged, but not convicted, for an attack in 1985 on former Liberal cabinet minister and B.C. premier Ujjal Dosanjh.

He was the source of a major controversy for the government in February when he was invited to a dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the home of High Commissioner of India.

Atwal apologized in March “for any embarrassment” he caused to the country in the scandal. He said he had “nothing but regret and remorse” for his criminal behavior and deserved the punishment he received.

As for attending the events in India, Atwal said he didn’t think it would be a problem.

Photos of Atwal surfaced with Liberal politicians and Sophie Trudeau, raising questions about security protocol and the screening and vetting of delegation invitees.