Dave Basi charged for violating conditions
Published Friday, October 29, 2010 12:16PM PDT
Ten days after former political aide Dave Basi was handed a conditional sentence for his role in one of the biggest political corruption cases in B.C.'s history, he has been charged for violating his release conditions.
Basi appeared in B.C. Supreme Court Friday morning after being charged with a breach of his sentence order. A publication ban prevents the details of the offense from being printed.
Basi and Bobby Virk sparked immediate calls for a public inquiry after entering surprise guilty pleas in the BC Rail trial on Oct. 18. Both men pleaded guilty to two counts each of breach of trust and accepting rewards or benefits and were sentenced to two years less a day of house arrest.
In addition to the house arrest, Basi agreed to pay a fine of $75,000.
On Friday, the court ordered an electronic monitoring suitability study for Basi to see if he would be a good candidate to wear an electronic tracking bracelet.
Outside of court, Basi told CTV News he had made an error.
"It was a stupid mistake," he said.
Basi is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 15. Until then, he must remain under house arrest but is still allowed to go to work, exercise and grocery shop. Basi will have to log his daily activities with his supervisor at the start of the week.
B.C. Attorney General Mike de Jong said the B.C. legislature raid trial cost taxpayers $18 million, including $6 million in defence costs for the accused.