The Supreme Court of Canada will hear five appeals this week, of which four are criminal cases. The first is an “honour killing” that resulted in India requesting the extradition of the young victim’s mother and uncle from Canada. Two Charter of Rights (criminal) appeals are companion cases concerning expectation of privacy in digital communications; and First Nations and environmental groups are appealing in Yukon’s Peel Watershed case.
March 20 – British Columbia – Attorney General of Canada on behalf of Republic of India v. Badesha
Charter of Rights (criminal): The respondents are the uncle and mother, respectively, of the victim. They are alleged to have planned a long-distance “honour killing” in India from Canada because the victim had married a rickshaw driver, whom the respondents considered unsuitable. The respondents are alleged to have hired hitmen who tracked the couple down in the state of Punjab, killed the victim and severely beat the victim’s husband. Indian authorities charged several Indian nationals connected to the murder, three of whom have been convicted, as well as the respondents.