Join Us for Event in Vancouver
on April 5, 2017

Why is a Canadian Professor still in a French jail?
What can we do about it?

Hear: Don Bayne (Hassan’s Canadian lawyer) and Hasan Alam (of Critical Muslim Voices) speak about the 8-year nightmare of Hassan Diab.
View: The short documentary, “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”
Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 7:00 PM
Place: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Combined Peter and Alma Room, 350 W. Georgia St, Vancouver, BC — Map

Event sponsored by:

  • British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)
  • Hassan Diab Support Committee (Vancouver)

Endorsed by:

  • Critical Muslim Voices
  • Independent Jewish Voices
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Vancouver Muslim Community Centre Society

RSVP here: https://bccla.org/events/2017/03/justice-hassan-diab
Note: This is a free and public event. No ticket required. However, RSVPs are requested for event logistics.

Background:

Hassan Diab, a sociology professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the deadly bombing of a Paris synagogue that occurred 28 years prior in 1980.

After 6 years of imprisonment and house arrest in Canada, Mr. Diab was extradited to France in 2014. Because of France’s documented history of using torture evidence in anti-terrorism investigations and trials, human rights and civil liberties groups – including the BCCLA – opposed the unconditional extradition given concerns that if delivered to France, Dr. Diab – a Canadian citizen – may face trial based on evidence potentially derived from torture.

The Canadian judge who extradited Hassan Diab described the French case as “weak” and concluded that a conviction was unlikely if tried in a Canadian court. France’s new anti-terrorism laws permit courts to rely on secret “intelligence,” whose contents or sources have never been disclosed to Mr. Diab.

Since his jailing, French investigative judges recommended that he be released on bail, saying there was reliable evidence that he was not in Paris at the time of the bombing. An appeal panel over-turned these recommendations saying that Diab’s release would be a ” threat” to “public order”.

Don Bayne, a leading criminal defence lawyer, said Mr. Diab, a Muslim Canadian, is Canada’s Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew wrongly accused during a strongly anti-Semitic time.

It has now been more than two years that Mr. Diab has been held in pre-trial detention in France. We are calling on the Government of Canada to raise Mr. Diab’s case with the French authorities. We have the gravest concern that this case represents a profound miscarriage of justice and the time to act is long overdue.

If you are Canadian citizen or resident, please sign the e-petition calling upon the Government of Canada to work towards the immediate granting of bail to Hassan Diab and securing his urgent return to his family and home in Canada!

Please Sign and Share
Our Parliamentary E-Petition!

Dear Friends,

We have launched an e-petition calling upon the Government of Canada to work towards the immediate granting of bail to Dr. Hassan Diab and securing his urgent return to his family and home in Canada.

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-833

If you are a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada, please sign the e-petition as this would send a strong message that Canadians care and want their government to act. Only the Clerk of Petitions at Parliament would have access to your information. Your personal information will not be made public.

Hassan was extradited from Canada to France more than two years ago. Since then, he has been ordered released on bail four times by two different French judges. The French investigative judge found that there is “consistent evidence” that Hassan is innocent. However, each time the prosecutor has appealed and the same court of appeal judges has overturned Hassan’s release because of the political climate in France. Hassan has been on very strict bail conditions or imprisoned for over eight years despite documented evidence showing that he is innocent.

Please share this e-petitiont widely and help us get the Canadian government to intervene to put an end to the plight of Hassan and his family!

Thank you.

Hassan Diab Support Committee
Email: diabsupport@gmail.com
Web: http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org

Rubber Stamped:
The Hassan Diab Story

Documentary directed by Amar Wala and edited by Andrea Conte

The documentary, “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”, shows the impact of Hassan’s ordeal on his family. Hassan’s supporters and his Canadian lawyer, Don Bayne, talk about the miscarriage of justice and the risk of wrongful conviction.

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Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian academic who was extradited from Canada to France in 2014 in a case widely viewed as a wrongful conviction in the making. Since then, he has been imprisoned in France in a segregated unit, with only two hours per day out of his cell.

Dr. Diab was extradited based solely on a widely discredited handwriting report that the Canadian extradition judge described as “illogical”, “very problematic”, “convoluted” and “suspect”, even though Dr. Diab’s fingerprints, palm prints and physical description do not match those of the suspect. The case is anchored on secret, anonymous “intelligence” allegations, possibly gleaned from torture.

The Canadian extradition judge noted that the low threshold for evidence under Canada’s extradition law compelled him to order Dr. Diab’s extradition.

In 2016, a French investigative judge found “consistent evidence” supporting Dr. Diab’s innocence, concluding that he could not have been in Paris at the time of the 1980 bombing for which he is under investigation.

In May and again in October 2016, the French investigative judge ordered Dr. Diab’s release on bail, finding no grounds for his further detention. The French Court of Appeal overturned the release orders due to the political climate in France, and Dr. Diab remains imprisoned to this day.

Join Us for Events in Kingston
on March 8, 2017


Join us for TWO events in Kingston, Ontario, on Wednesday March 8, 2017.
Both events are FREE and open to the public.

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Recent Articles on Dr. Hassan Diab’s Case:

Changing Political Climate Could Hurt Chances of Fair Trial

“[Hassan Diab] was extradited to France despite Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger expressing grave concerns the evidence presented against Diab was ‘convoluted and confusing (with) suspect conclusions’.

French prosecutors continue to rely on that evidence, and an order that would have freed Diab on bail was recently overturned, sending the Ottawa academic back to his Paris jail cell despite the opinion of a French judge who ordered bail after investigating the case and finding “consistent evidence” that Diab is telling the truth, that he was not in France at the time of the bombing that killed four and wounded more that 40 others.

Now, fearing the implications a changing global political climate may have on the case, the Justice for Hassan Diab group hopes the Canadian government will apply whatever necessary pressure to ensure Diab’s right to fair judicial process…”

Read the full Ottawa Citizen article: