Canada's National Parole Board has denied early release to Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person convicted in connection with the bombing of Air India Flight 182.
The decision means he will have to stay in prison for two more years.
After several hours of interrogating Reyat, the three-member panel concluded he was evasive, lacked credibility and consistently minimized his role in the bombing. They said they never believed Reyat's contention he was a bit player and took barely 15 minutes to render their decision.
Reyat is serving a five-year sentence at Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont., and is up for statutory release in June, two years before the end of his sentence.
Truth in sentencing is a rarity in Canada; mandatory release provisions are almost always upheld as a matter of course by the Parole Board, no matter how serious the crime or unrepentant the prisoner. But Reyat is the only one who can be made to pay, so even if he had become a saint in prison, he'd still have been made an example of.