Join Valentine’s Rally in Ottawa to Bring Hassan Diab 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 thrown behind bars in France. He has been there ever since. He 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 has the wrong guy in their jail. But if Canada had done its due diligence, its courts would have rejected an extradition request for someone who now faces a wrongful conviction and possible life sentence in a foreign prison based on secret information, the source of which not even the French authorities know. This nightmare is shared by Dr. Diab’s family in Ottawa.

We believe that the new Liberal government, in examining the serious deficiencies in the extradition case against Dr. Diab, would not have sent him to France to face possible trial for a crime he did not commit. We are calling on Canada to reconsider this wrongful extradition case, to declare it has had a change of heart, admit that the decision to extradite Hassan was unfair, unjust, and uncalled for, and that he should be returned to his home, family, and community in Ottawa.

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 him 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 brief note 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

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

Help Us Tell Hassan’s Story

Let’s use the power of the documentary to prevent Hassan’s wrongful conviction!

Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen who is at serious risk of wrongful conviction for a crime he did not commit. As Gerald Caplan writes in The Globe and Mail, in France, Hassan is being subjected to an unjust legal process that is using discredited evidence and unsourced intelligence against him.

The Hassan Diab Support Committee is working on publicizing Hassan’s case nationally and internationally by producing a documentary about the case for online sharing and public showings.This documentary will help us spread the word and bring justice and freedom for an innocent man.

Please donate to our crowdfunding campaign and share the page with your friends and networks:

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

Our goal is to raise CAD $15,000 by December 20, 2015, to fund the documentary. Any donation, no matter how small, will help achieve our goal.

We encourage you to donate early in the campaign, since a strong start is the biggest predictor of a successful campaign. Any donations in excess of $15,000 will go towards Hassan’s legal defence.

Hassan Diab Support Committee

Canada must demand fair investigation by France in case of Hassan Diab

With the one-year anniversary of his pretrial detention approaching, Dr. Hassan Diab remains in prison in the vicinity of Paris. He has been in detention for one year, since the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his case on November 13, 2014, and he was extradited to France the following day.

“This is the first anniversary of Dr. Diab’s extradition. He is not doing well. Immediately on reaching France, he was imprisoned. Last week, he was denied bail. Whatever else, his life, and that of his family in Canada, remains a nightmare. They insist on his total innocence, and seem to have much evidence to back them up…

[W]hat Canada can do is strongly demand a fair process from France. Surely all the faulty handwriting analyses should be discarded, as they were in Canada, as well as all the unsourced intelligence that was withdrawn in Canada. In other words, we must demand that no tainted evidence is used against Dr. Diab…”

Read the full article in The Globe and Mail:
“Canada must demand fair investigation by France in case of Hassan Diab”, by Gerald Caplan, The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2015

One year after extradition to France, Hassan still pushes for freedom

With the one-year anniversary of his pretrial detention approaching, Dr. Hassan Diab remains in prison in the vicinity of Paris. He has been in detention for one year, since the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his case on November 13, 2014, and he was extradited to France the following day.

“Ottawa academic Hassan Diab remains in a Paris jail preparing for a major court challenge that could prove key to his efforts to have murder charges against him withdrawn…

French authorities are still investigating his alleged role in the bombing and have not yet decided whether to commit him for trial…

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger ordered Diab’s extradition in 2011 after saying that he found the handwriting evidence ‘illogical, very problematic, convoluted, very confusing with conclusions that are suspect…’”

Read the full article in the Ottawa Citizen:
“One year after extradition to France, Ottawa academic still pushes for freedom”, by Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen, November 9, 2015