Lawyer is accused of perjury as he testifies on deal to buy Canucks hockey team

Lawyer Irwin Nathanson accused Lyall Knott of perjury in connection to a memo Knott wrote to himself in October 2004, just days before Francesco Aquilini bought half the team. Knott, who was Aquilini’s lawyer in the deal, insists negotiations for the team didn’t start until Nov. 3 and concluded two days later.

The memo said there was a recommendation from Canucks management to reject Tom Gaglardi and Ryan Beedie’s offer and Knott testified he assumed that deal was dead.

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Beedie and Gaglardi accuse Aquilini of using insider knowledge as their former partner to secretly negotiate to buy the team alone and want the agreement thrown out.

The court has already heard that former owner John McCaw called Gaglardi telling him the deal was off just hours after accepting Aqulini’s bid for half of the hockey club.