533 days in pretrial detention –
How long before an innocent man is freed?


Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign by signing the following statement.

“Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France based on a handwriting analysis report that the Canadian extradition judge described as “convoluted, very confusing, with conclusions that are suspect”. Hassan is now incarcerated in a French prison where he may remain up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial. I am deeply concerned that Hassan may be wrongfully convicted under France’s anti-terrorism laws, based on deeply flawed handwriting analysis and the use of secret, unsourced intelligence. I support Hassan’s legal defence in France, so he has a real chance to fight for justice and return to his home in Canada. We must make sure that the real perpetrators of the rue Copernic crime are brought to justice. Making an innocent man pay for a crime he did not commit will only further the tragedy.”

To sign the above statement, send an email to diabsupport@gmail.com indicating that you wish to add your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign statement.

Click here to see current signatures on the above statement.


Also, please write to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stéphane Dion, and Minister of Justice, Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging them to speak with their French counterparts about bringing Hassan home. A sample letter is available at http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/help (look under “WRITE”).


Join the Easter Parade in Ottawa to Bring Hassan Home!

Canada, have a Change of Heart. Bring Hassan Diab Home!
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What : Easter Parade to Bring Hassan Home
When : Wednesday March 23, 2016, 11:00 am
Where: Global Affairs Canada, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa (followed by a walk to the French embassy)

Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/8PcTmpAsy782
Getting there: Take Bus 9 to the Global Affairs Building

In November, 2014, Dr. Hassan Diab was forcibly removed from Canada and imprisoned in France. Hassan is fighting false allegations leveled against him even though his physical description, his palm and hand prints, and his handwriting do not match those of the suspect in a 1980 crime that Dr. Diab has repeatedly denied involvement in, and condemned.

In other words, the French government is holding the wrong man in jail. If Canada had done its due diligence, its courts would have rejected an extradition request for a man who now faces wrongful conviction and possible life in prison based on secret intelligence and discredited handwriting analysis. This nightmare is shared by Dr. Diab’s family in Ottawa.

We are calling on Canada’s new Liberal government to examine the serious deficiencies in the extradition case against Dr. Diab, admit that the decision to extradite Hassan was unjust, and bring Hassan back to his home, family, and community in Ottawa.

Please join us as we present Easter Eggs to Global Affairs, asking them to realize the French case against Dr. Diab is NOT what it was cracked up to be. We ask them to crack open the case and see how hollow it is inside. We will then walk a short distance to the French embassy, urging them to also realize how sweet it would be – especially as they receive our gifts of Chocolate Eggs – to recognize they have the wrong man in custody and send Hassan Diab back home to Canada.

If you cannot make it, please send a note to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Stéphane Dion, urging him to speak with his French counterpart about bringing Hassan home. Mr. Dion can be reached at stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca. A sample letter is available at http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/help (look under “WRITE”).

Sponored by: Hassan Diab Support Committtee, diabsupport@gmail.com

Thank You for Joining the Valentine Vigil in Ottawa!

Canada, have a Change of Heart. Bring Hassan Diab Home!

Here is a slideshow from our Valentine’s vigil on February 9, 2016, at Global Affairs Canada and the French Embassy in Ottawa, urging them to have a change of heart, recognize they have the wrong man in custody, and send Hassan back home to his family in Canada.

Many thanks to the intrepid supporters who braved the cold and snow in Ottawa — and to others who could not attend but who sent messages to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Stéphane Dion, urging him to speak with his French counterparts about bringing Hassan home. Mr. Dion can be reached at stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca

Thank you.

Join Valentine’s Rally in Ottawa to Bring Hassan Home!

Canada, have a Change of Heart. Bring Hassan Diab Home!

What : A Valentine’s Vigil to Reunite Hassan with His Family in Canada
When : Tuesday February 9, 2016, 11:00 am
Where: Global Affairs Canada, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa (followed by a walk to the French embassy)

Please wear red, and bring flowers and Valentines!

In November, 2014, Dr. Hassan Diab was forcibly removed from Canada and imprisoned in France. Hassan is fighting false allegations leveled against him even though his physical description, his palm and hand prints, and his handwriting do not match those of the suspect in a 1980 crime that Dr. Diab has repeatedly denied involvement in, and condemned.

In other words, the French government is holding an innocent man. Thanks to an extradition law that fails to protect Canadian’s rights, Hassan faces the possibility of wrongful conviction and life in prison based on secret intelligence and discredited handwriting analysis. This nightmare is shared by Hassan’s family in Ottawa.

We are calling on Canada’s new Liberal government to reconsider Hassan’s extradition, declare it has had a change of heart, admit that the decision to extradite Hassan was unjust, and bring Hassan back to his home, family, and community in Ottawa.

Please join us as we present Valentines to Global Affairs Canada, asking them to have a change of heart, and then walk a short distance to the French embassy, urging them to also have a change of heart, recognize they have the wrong man in custody, and send Hassan back home.

Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/8PcTmpAsy782
Getting there: Take Bus 9 to the Global Affairs Building

If you cannot make it, please send a note to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Stéphane Dion, urging him to speak with his French counterpart about bringing Hassan home. Mr. Dion can be reached at stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca

Sponored by: Hassan Diab Support Committtee, diabsupport@gmail.com

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St. Valentine’s Day is a time to remember all those unjustly jailed. St. Valentine was a priest who was persecuted, tortured, jailed and decapitated by Roman Emperor Claudius because Valentine defied the prohibition on conducting marriages for young people. Claudius was concerned that married men would be less willing to give their lives in battle. Valentine’s last note from prison, “from your Valentine”, eventually became the basis for Valentine greetings.
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Thank You for Supporting the Hassan Diab Documentary Project!

Dear friends and supporters,

Our Indiegogo campaign to fund the Hassan Diab Documentary Project concluded on December 21, 2015.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hassan-diab-documentary-project

During the five-week campaign, we received $16,380 in online donations and $1,645 in cheque donations, totaling $18,025.

We extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to you for a successful campaign! Thanks to your enthusiastic support, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $15,000.

We will now use $15K of the funds raised to produce a powerful, high-quality documentary to tell Hassan’s story and raise awareness about the deeply flawed case that risks convicting an innocent man. Contributions in excess of $15K go towards Hassan’s legal defence.

We will keep you informed about the progress of the documentary and let you know about opportunities to attend screenings and view the documentary online. Those of you who requested a copy of the documentary, a sponsor credit, or special thanks in the credits will also hear from us again once the documentary is ready.

Again, we are very grateful for your generous support for this important documentary project. We look forward to sharing the finished documentary with you soon.

Sincerely,

Hassan Diab Support Committee