“Few Canadians are aware that Canada’s extradition law allows the forced removal of Canadians to other countries based on “evidence” that would be inadmissible in Canadian courts. Canada’s extradition law presupposes that any evidence submitted by the requesting state is reliable, thereby sacrificing fundamental standards of justice and due process to foreign policy considerations.
A foreign state is only required to provide a summary of its case and does not have to disclose any evidence which supports the defendant’s innocence. It is not surprising that Gary Botting, a leading expert on extradition, proclaimed Canada’s extradition law “the least fair act.” No other case in recent memory has exposed the unfairness of Canada’s extradition law more starkly than the Diab case…”
Monday-Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2013, starting at 10:00 AM
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario -Map-
Please come out to show solidarity with Dr. Hassan Diab! Join us at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, for a crucial hearing regarding Canada’s unjust extradition law. You can attend Court the whole day or come and go whenever you wish.
Amnesty International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have filed interventions with the Court expressing their deep concerns about Hassan’s case!
Take a stand against extradition based on secret intelligence and a single handwriting analysis report that has been discredited and condemned in Court.
NEW: For those who cannot make it to Toronto, there will be a live video feed of the appeal hearing into the Ian Scott Courtroom on the University of Ottawa campus. The live feed will cover both days, November 4 and 5, and will be open to the public. Click here for more information.
For information about transportation from Ottawa to Toronto, contact:
Ria Heynen (Email: email@example.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
Dr. Hassan Diab, a Lebanese Canadian academic, is facing extradition to France for questioning regarding an attack near a synagogue in Paris in 1980. Dr. Diab has never been charged with any crime, yet since late 2008 he has either been imprisoned or living under very strict bail conditions that include having to pay about $2,000 each month for a GPS monitoring device. A Canadian judge committed Dr. Diab to extradition even though the judge found the evidence “very problematic”, “convoluted”, “very confusing”, and “suspect”. The Canadian Minister of Justice ordered Dr. Diab’s surrender to France, even though Dr. Diab is not charged with any crime.
Dr. Diab’s case points to glaring problems with Canada’s extradition law. In extradition cases, the Charter rights of the person sought are severely compromised. Canadian standards of evidence do not apply. The standard for extradition is so low that Canada hands people over to other countries based on evidence that is not acceptable in Canadian courts. Canada has extradition treaties with countries that allow secret intelligence, including intelligence that may have been the product of torture, to be used as evidence at trial.
Everyone should be concerned about this injustice. Closure to the 1980 tragedy cannot come at the expense of an innocent man.
To many people, “debtors’ prison” sounds like an archaic institution, something out of a novel by Charles Dickens. But the idea of imprisoning people who can’t pay what they “owe” is alive and well in the case of Dr. Hassan Diab. Hassan will be put in prison if he does not pay his “creditor” – in this case, the Canadian government – $2,000 per month for the cost of his own surveillance.
We invite you to be one of 100 people – A HUNDRED FOR HASSAN – who care about due process and the presumption of innocence and oppose abusive extradition proceedings, by pledging $20 or more per month or more to share the cost of Dr. Diab’s oppressive burden. This is our way of taking a public stand and saying, “This is just wrong.”
You are cordially invited to an event hosted by the Hassan Diab Support Committee. This is a special opportunity to meet Dr. Hassan Diab, learn about the Kafkaesque situation he has faced since 2008, and hear about the latest developments in his extradition case. Hassan’s appeal of the extradition decision will be heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto on November 4 and 5, 2013.
“Kafka Revisited: An Evening with Dr. Hassan Diab”