Despite Setback, Hassan Determined to Continue Fight for Justice

The Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition. A disappointing decision from the Court for Hassan, as well as for the rights of Canadians. But we will fight on! Hassan’s lawyers are seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In reaction to the decision, Hassan gave the following statement.

Statement by Hassan Diab, May 15, 2014

It is with great shock that I learned that the Court of Appeal upheld my extradition order on the sole basis of a discredited handwriting analysis report.

This is a sad day not just because of this miscarriage of justice, but also because the court accepted as evidence a handwriting analysis report that has been found by five leading handwriting experts to be absolutely erroneous and completely flawed. It is unfortunate that the court is allowing discredited evidence to stand despite the recommendations of numerous commissions into wrongful convictions that urged the court to reject dubious evidence.

Such a decision means that any Canadian citizen can be detained, uprooted and extradited based on deeply flawed evidence that a foreign state submits. Unfortunately, Canadians have very limited rights when they are sought by a foreign state.

Despite this setback, I am determined to continue my fight for justice and freedom. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court of Canada would rectify the decision of the Court of Appeal and ensure a fair system that protects the rights of Canadian citizens.

I would like to iterate what I unequivocally stated from the beginning. I have absolutely no connection whatsoever to the terrible 1980 attack. I neither participated in nor had any knowledge of this heinous crime. I have always opposed anti-Semitism, discrimination and violence. I am innocent of the accusations against me.

I am eternally grateful to my family and friends who never doubted my innocence and whose commitment has been unwavering. I am thankful to my many supporters who have stood by me during this difficult period of my life. I also would like to thank my dedicated lawyers who have worked tirelessly on my case for years.

Court of Appeal Will Release Its Decision on Thursday May 15

The Court of Appeal for Ontario will release its decision regarding Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition on Thursday May 15, 2014.

We are planning a press conference and RALLY on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on the same day.

What:   Rally in Support of Dr. Hassan Diab
Date:   Thursday May 15, 2014
Time:   11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place:   Outside Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
  (look for group with “Justice for Hassan Diab” signs and banners)
   

 
No matter what the outcome is, your presence at the rally will demonstrate that we care about justice, and we oppose extradition based on anonymous and unreliable intelligence and on a single handwriting analysis report that has been discredited and condemned in Court.

We will have signs and banners. Please, also bring your own signs or banners!

Hassan and his family are extremely grateful for your continued support in our struggle against an unfair extradition law and legal proceedings based on totally flawed “evidence”.

For more information, contact:
Hassan Diab Support Committee
http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org
diabsupport@gmail.com

Background

Hassan’s appeal to overturn his extradition was heard by the Court of Appeal for Ontario on November 4 and 5, 2013. Amnesty International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filed interventions with the Court in support of Dr. Diab.

Five internationally-recognized handwriting experts had testified that the handwriting analysis report by a French analyst is totally flawed and does not follow recognized methodology in the field. The extradition judge who committed Hassan to extradition described the report as “very problematic”, “convoluted”, “very confusing”, and “with conclusions that are suspect”. However, the judge held that, since this is an extradition hearing, he cannot apply Canadian standards of evidence to exclude this report.

Hassan has steadfastly declared his innocence. His fingerprints and palm prints do not match those of the presumed bomber. He has repeatedly affirmed that he is willing to answer questions from French authorities here in Canada and take a lie detector test, but there has been no response to either offer.

“My life has been turned upside down because of unfounded allegations and suspicions.
I am innocent of the accusations against me. I have never engaged in terrorism.
I am not an anti-Semite. I have always been opposed to bigotry and violence.”
Dr. Hassan Diab, Ottawa, Canada

Join the Hundred for Hassan Campaign

Dr. Hassan Diab has not been charged with any crime, yet he must pay $2,000 per month for the cost of his own surveillance—a GPS device he is required to wear—or be imprisoned. Join the HUNDRED FOR HASSAN Campaign and be one of an increasing number of conscientious people who are making a statement of support for Hassan by contributing $20 a month to cover the cost of his GPS monitoring. This is our way of taking a public stand and saying, “This is just wrong”.

Add yourself to the Photo Wall! Join the HUNDRED FOR HASSAN Campaign and send your picture and quote to diabsupport@gmail.com.

Hundred for Hassan Photo Wall

Add yourself to the Photo Wall! Join the HUNDRED FOR HASSAN Campaign and send your picture and quote to diabsupport@gmail.com.

See: Background Information

Thank You

A huge THANK YOU for everyone who came to the Social Evening and Fundraiser for Hassan Diab on April 11. Great food, music, speakers and more! Participants had a terrific time while supporting justice for Hassan Diab.

Social Evening and Fundraiser for Hassan Diab

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The Hassan Diab Support Committee is organizing a social evening and fundraiser for Hassan Diab and invites you to be part of it.

  • Date: Friday April 11, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Place: First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa (off Richmond Road, one traffic light East of Woodroffe Avenue)
  • Transportation: Bus # 2 stops at Cleary Avenue; Bus # 87 stops at Woodroffe Avenue and Richmond Road. Ample parking is available.

Hassan will prepare a FREE delicious dinner, including vegetarian options, desserts, and refreshments.

Beautiful live music and songs by Arif Jinha and Gilbert Troutet.

There will be a silent auction and prizes.

Why a Fundraiser:
Waiting for the response from the Court of Appeal for Ontario regarding Hassan Diab’s extradition order is difficult for Hassan and his family. They need our support to keep up their spirits! Hassan’s appeal has been expensive and the lawyers’ fees are mounting. In addition, Hassan has to pay about $2,000 per month for the GPS monitoring device he is required to wear, in order to be able to stay out of prison.

Hassan has shown enormous courage and grace in the face of unjust extradition proceedings. Please join us in supporting him on April 11!

Contact:
Hassan Diab Support Committee
diabsupport@gmail.com

“My life has been turned upside down because of unfounded allegations and suspicions.
I am innocent of the accusations against me. I have never engaged in terrorism.
I am not an anti-Semite. I have always been opposed to bigotry and violence.”
Dr. Hassan Diab, Ottawa, Canada