“Recipe for a wrongful conviction: The extradition of an innocent man – Hassan Diab”
Don’t miss a preview of the short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab, “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”.
Preview of “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”, a short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab— Trailer
Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto — Map
Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm)
Amar Wala, award-winning filmmaker and director of “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”
Barbara Jackman, renowned human rights lawyer
Please come out, watch the short documentary, and hear our guest speakers talk about the documentary and Canada’s unjust Extradition Law. Q&A will follow.
There will be refreshments, plenty of yummy finger foods, music, raffle items, and more!
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1281
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
Independent Jewish Voices Canada
Independent Jewish Voices – Toronto
Peace and Social Concerns – Ottawa Quakers
Toronto Action for Social Change (TASC)
United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO)
Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and Carleton University professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, in connection with the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing in Paris.
The Canadian extradition judge described the evidence that the French authorities submitted as “very problematic” and “suspect”, and stated that “the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely”. However, the judge said that he felt obliged under Canada’s extradition law to commit Hassan to extradition.
Hassan has strongly condemned the attack and steadfastly maintained his innocence. He has been in prison near Paris for almost two years.
Mr. Don Bayne, Hassan’s lawyer in Canada, has stated: “We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen”.
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) wrote a letter the Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Honourable Stéphane Dion, and the Minister of Justice,
The Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging them to intervene in the case of Dr. Hassan Diab.
“[W]e join many other Canadians in writing to you at this time to ask you to raise Dr. Diab’s case with the French authorities at the
earliest possible opportunity. We believe that the use of the deeply flawed and unreliable evidence against Dr. Diab cannot constitute a
fair legal process and that the Government of Canada must act to protect the fundamental rights that are at stake in this matter.”
“[W]e must not remain silent as Canadian citizen and Ottawa professor Hassan Diab faces conviction in France for a gruesome crime for which no credible evidence against him has been presented…
Recent developments in Diab’s case reinforce the need to end his Kafkaesque nightmare. A French judge ordered Diab’s release on bail due to doubts about the evidence in the case. On May 14, 2016, Hassan was released on bail. The prosecutor appealed the judge’s decision and, after spending 10 days out of prison, Hassan was ordered to return to prison. It was an injustice to extradite him in the first place, and it is an injustice to keep him incarcerated while France continues a 35-year investigation.
It has become obvious that broad and sustained pressure in both Canada and France is needed so Diab receives a fair process and is allowed to return to his home and family in Canada. Otherwise, Diab will be wrongfully convicted of a crime to which he has no connection.”
Thank you for a most successful event at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa on May 20, where there was a “sneak preview” of the short documentary on Hassan’s case, directed by filmmaker Amar Wala.
At the event, Donald Bayne, Hassan’s Canadian lawyer, was guest speaker; Baraa Arar presented some of her own powerful poems; and Hassan’s wife, Rania, spoke from the heart. It was heartwarming to see the outpouring of support for Hassan.
Here’s a video of the presentation by Mr. Donald Bayne:
After his release on bail on May 14, 2016, under house arrest and electronic monitoring, an appeal court in France ordered Dr. Hassan Diab to return to a French prison on May 24, 2016. The unfortunate decision was based on the appeal court’s assumption that Dr. Diab is a flight risk and a threat to civil order. This is despite the fact that Hassan abided by very strict bail conditions for years in Canada and did not flee or cause civil disorder during his 10 days of limited freedom leading up to the appeal court’s decision.
Prior to the appeal court’s decision, Mr. William Bourdon, Hassan’s French attorney, had stated “The court of appeal mentioned the risk of fleeing as a reason to overrule the decision to release Hassan Diab. He will be present at the next hearing so this will prove to the court of appeal that he never intended to flee, as was the case in the whole extradition procedure in Canada.”
Dr. Rania Tfaily, Hassan’s wife, was planning to travel to Paris with the couple’s two young children in the hope they could interact with Hassan outside the prison environment. “Now even this simple dream has been crushed,” she said. “I hope that this [Canadian] government will look into the injustices in Hassan’s case and why a Canadian citizen is being held in detention for more than 18 months for a case that is still under investigation and for which a Canadian judge found the evidence to be lacking.”
Please sign the following statement calling upon Canada to BRING HASSAN HOME: