Please Sign Petition and Help Reform Canada’s Extradition Act

Help us reform Canada’s Extradition Act so no other Canadian would go through what Hassan and his family have endured. Please sign our Parliamentary petition calling on the Government of Canada to conduct a thorough and independent public inquiry into Hassan’s extradition case.

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1674



Video: Press Conference in Ottawa, on May 30, 2018, Calling for a Public Inquiry


Petition Text

Whereas:

  • Canadian citizen Dr. Hassan Diab was wrongfully extradited from Canada based on unreliable and false evidence;
  • Hassan was extradited solely for the purpose of continuing an incomplete foreign investigation; not for trial as required;
  • Hassan spent almost ten years under draconian bail conditions in Canada or imprisoned, including over three years in solitary confinement in France;
  • French investigative judges repeatedly stated that there is “consistent evidence” of Hassan’s innocence. In January 2018, the judges dismissed all allegations against Hassan, allowing him to return to his home in Canada;
  • Hassan has never been charged;
  • Hassan’s ten-year ordeal was the direct consequence of actions of senior officials of the Canadian Department of Justice;
  • When the case was falling apart, Department of Justice officials intervened to direct French authorities on how to patch up the case to ensure Hassan’s extradition;
  • Department of Justice officials repeatedly delayed the extradition hearing and told the Canadian court that they had no knowledge of French authorities’ plans despite having directed those plans; and
  • Department of Justice officials requested fingerprint analysis as the results could be very powerful if not conclusive to get Hassan extradited; yet when the RCMP analysis results excluded Hassan, Department of Justice officials deliberately withheld this evidence from the court and the defence.

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to appoint an independent commissioner to conduct a thorough public inquiry into Hassan Diab’s case, ensuring that the person appointed has full access to, and powers to compel disclosure of, any and all relevant information.


To sign the petition, please visit: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-1674
(The petition can be signed by Canadian residents and Canadian citizens anywhere in the world.)

Deeply Honoured to Receive the
2018 Reg Rob Award from the
BC Civil Liberties Association!


We are deeply honoured and delighted that Hassan Diab, Rania Tfaily, and Don Bayne will receive the 2018 Reg Robson award from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) on behalf of the Hassan Diab Support Committee.

The Reg Robson award is given annually to honour substantial contributions to the cause of civil liberties in British Columbia and Canada. This is the BCCLA’s longest standing and most prestigious award.

The Hassan Diab Support Committee, led by Hassan’s wife Rania and counselled by Don Bayne for ten years (on a pro bono basis), played an instrumental role in the release of Hassan from a French jail in 2018 and his return to his home and family in Canada. Mr. Bayne’s and the committee’s successful efforts to free Hassan from his unjust imprisonment are an inspiration, and their ongoing challenge to the unfairness of Canada’s Extradition Act has a profound impact on Canadian public life. They exemplify what it means to be human rights champions.

For more information, visit:
https://bccla.org/upcoming-events/2018-liberty-awards-gala/meet-our-2018-liberty-award-winners

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Hassan Diab Support Committee
diabsupport@gmail.com

Join Us in Calling for a Public Inquiry and Reforming Canada’s Extradition Law


Photo Credit: CBC News, May 2018

Recent CBC coverage of Dr. Hassan Diab’s ordeal highlights the role the Canadian Department of Justice played in facilitating Hassan’s extradition to France. When the case against Hassan was falling apart, after the defense discredited the French handwriting analysis, Senior Department of Justice lawyers urged French authorities to produce “new” handwriting analysis. Justice Department lawyers also suppressed fingerprint evidence showing Hassan’s innocence.

We urge you to join us in calling for an independent public inquiry into Hassan’s case and reforming Canada’s extradition law so that no other Canadian is subjected to such a flawed and unfair process. We do not have faith in an internal review by the Department of Justice which, in the first place, was responsible for Hassan’s ordeal.

Amnesty International Canada and the BC Civil Liberties Association sent an open letter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs calling on them to launch a thorough public inquiry into Hassan’s case. Also, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) called for an independent public inquiry into Hassan’s treatment. MP Murray Rankin, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, raised Hassan’s case in Parliament and called for an independent public inquiry.

We ask you to add your voice by writing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling upon him to launch a thorough, independent public inquiry into Hassan’s case. Please copy the Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs and your member of Parliament on your letter, and share your correspondence with diabsupport@gmail.com.

A sample letter is available:

Also, please post on social media and write articles and op-eds calling for a public inquiry.

For More Information:

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

Hassan Diab Back in Canada
Very Grateful to Supporters!

After a very long three years and two months, Hassan arrived in Ottawa on Monday January 15, 2018. His wife, Rania, and their children were there to welcome him back home. We are grateful that Foreign Affairs was able to help bring Hassan back to Canada. For a video of Hassan’s press conference, see:

https://www.facebook.com/iclmg.csilc/videos/1799672583377310

As you might have heard, this is not the end of Hassan’s ordeal. There will be an appeal of the release decision. So, the outcome remains uncertain, and we’re not completely out of the woods yet. But for now, we can say that justice prevailed and Hassan is back in Canada and that is worth celebrating.

As members of the Hassan Diab Support Committee, we send you our BIGGEST HEARTFELT THANK YOU!

So many of you have been supporting Hassan in various ways for many years. Thank you for your donations that covered various legal costs, for writing to politicians, for phoning PM Trudeau, for signing petitions, for showing up at vigils (despite the freezing weather), and for your kind messages of support.

Over and over you helped us and kept us going. You also kept Hassan and his family going. We are immensely grateful. Let us hope this is the end of a long, difficult road.

Our heartfelt thanks,

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

Hassan Diab Back in Canada;
Press Conference on Wednesday January 17

Le français suit l’anglais

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release

16 January 2018, Ottawa — Dr. Hassan Diab arrived in Canada and was reunited yesterday with his family in Ottawa. On January 12, two French investigative judges had dismissed the case against Diab and ordered his immediate and unconditional release, including the right to return to Canada.

Hassan Diab, Don Bayne (Diab’s lawyer in Canada), Alex Neve (Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada), and the Hassan Diab support committee plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday, January 17.

What: Press conference following the release of Diab and his return to Canada
Where: Office of Amnesty International Canada, 312 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa
When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Photos: Warm welcome for Hassan Diab at Ottawa airport

For More Information:

Roger Clark
Hassan Diab Support Committee
diabsupport@gmail.com
http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org

Background:

On January 12, 2018, Judges Jean-Marc Herbaut and Richard Foltzer (“Juges d’instruction anti-terroristes”) dismissed the allegations against Dr. Hassan Diab and ordered his immediate and unconditional release from detention. An overwhelming body of evidence shows Dr. Diab cannot have been in France in 1980 when the attack was perpetrated, as many elements confirm he was in Beirut during that period of time. The decision also notably underlines the numerous contradictions and misstatements contained in the intelligence which cast serious doubts about their reliability, as well as the fact that Dr. Diab’s handwriting, fingerprints, palm prints, physical description, and age do not match those of the suspect identified in 1980.

Dr. Diab’s lawyers in France, William Bourdon, Apolline Cagnat, and Amélie Lefebvre, stated that “This decision in such a serious terrorism case is exceptional. It must remind us that the acknowledgement of a suspect’s innocence in a terrorism case is always a long road but can be obtained with relentless work. The decision is founded on the demonstration of the impossibility to attribute to Hassan Diab any responsibility in the attack, as we have not ceased to claim. The respect owed to the victims and their legitimate need for justice must not be confused with the prosecutor’s obstinacy whose potential appeal would be completely contrary to the law and facts.”

Don Bayne, Dr. Diab’s lawyer in Canada, remarked, “We’re elated, relieved and thankful. Thankful to the French judges for their wisdom and courage to buck political and social pressure to make a completely just decision, something that we believe the courts in Canada failed to do at every level. Thankful that Dr. Diab’s wife, Rania Tfaily, led the fight for justice with such dignity and perseverance. Thankful to Minister Freeland, Sam Moyer, Maria Lamani, and others at Global Affairs Canada for their genuine and impressive support to a Canadian who never should have been extradited. And thankful for the efforts of the wonderful Canadians who make up the Hassan Diab Support Committee. We would add this: now is the time for the Justice Minister, indeed the Prime Minister, to order a complete review of the Extradition Act and procedures that led to years of injustice for an innocent Canadian. How could Canada have extradited a Canadian to France when France never, never had a case against Dr. Diab fit to go to trial? How? Because of Canada’s Extradition Act, of the procedures it enables to strip Canadians of liberty unjustly. This Canadian was extradited on overwhelmingly unreliable evidence yet every Canadian court allowed this to happen. So while we are thankful and relieved that justice has been served, we must ensure the system is corrected so that no other Canadian experiences what Dr. Diab has.”

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COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE
Pour distribution immédiate

Le 16 janvier 2018, Ottawa — Dr. Hassan Diab est arrivé hier au Canada et a été réuni avec sa famille à Ottawa. Le 12 janvier, deux juges d’instruction ont prononcé un non-lieu et ont ordonné sa remise en liberté immédiate, y compris le droit de rentrer au Canada.

Une conférence de presse se tiendra ce mercredi, le 17 janvier, avec la participation d’Hassan Diab, Don Bayne (avocat de Diab au Canada), et Alex Neve (Secrétaire général d’Amnesty International Canada – anglophone) et le Comité de soutien à Hassan Diab.

Quoi: Conférence de presse à la suite de la libération de Diab et son retour au Canada
Où: Les bureaux d’Amnesty International Canada, 312 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa
Quand: Mercredi matin, le 17 janvier, 2018, 10h.30 — 11h.30

Photos: Accueil chaleureux pour Hassan Diab à l’aéroport d’Ottawa

Pour davantage de renseignements:

Roger Clark
Hassan Diab Support Committee
diabsupport@gmail.com
http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org

Historique:

Le 12 janvier 2018, les juges d’instruction anti-terroristes Jean-Marc Herbaut et Richard Foltzer ont rejeté les charges à l’encontre du Dr. Hassan Diab en prononçant un non-lieu et ont ordonné sa remise en liberté immédiate. Il a été abondamment démontré que le Docteur Diab n’a pu être présent en France lors de l’attentat de 1980, ne serait-ce que parce que sa présence à Beyrouth au moment des faits a été confirmée. La décision des juges souligne notamment les nombreuses contradictions et inexactitudes qui sont contenues dans les notes de renseignement qu’ils ont examinées, et qui font douter de leur fiabilité. D’ailleurs l’écriture du Dr. Diab, les empreintes digitales, l’empreinte de la paume, sa description physique, et son âge ne correspondent pas à ceux du suspect identifié en 1980.

Les avocats français du Dr. Diab, William Bourdon, Apolline Cagnat, et Amélie Lefebvre, déclarent que «ceci est une décision exceptionnelle… dans l’histoire judiciaire française». Ils disent que la reconnaissance de l’innocence d’un suspect dans un cas de terrorisme est toujours un long chemin mais peut être obtenue par un travail sans relâche et que la décision est fondée sur la démonstration de l’impossibilité d’attribuer à Hassan Diab une quelconque implication dans l’attentat, ce qu’ils n’ont cessé de clamer. Ils ajoutent que le respect des victimes et de leur légitime besoin de justice ne doit pas être confondu avec l’obstination du parquet dont l’éventuel appel serait complètement contraire à la loi et aux faits.

L’avocat canadien du Dr. Diab, Don Bayne, déclare : «Nous sommes ravis, soulagés, et reconnaissants. Reconnaissants envers les juges français pour leur sagesse et leur courage en résistant à la pression sociale et politique afin de prendre une décision totalement juste, ce que, à notre avis, les tribunaux canadiens à tout niveau ont manqué de faire. Reconnaissants envers la femme du Dr. Diab, Rania Tfaily, pour avoir mené le combat pour la justice avec tant de dignité et de persévérance. Reconnaissants envers le Ministre Freeland, Sam Moyer, Maria Lamani et d’autres à Global Affairs Canada pour leur soutien entier et impressionnant d’un Canadien qui n’aurait jamais dû être extradé. Et reconnaissants pour les efforts des merveilleux Canadiens qui composent le comité de soutien à Hassan Diab. Nous ajouterions ceci : c’est maintenant le moment pour le Ministre de la Justice, et le Premier Ministre, d’ordonner une révision complète de l’Acte d‘Extradition et des procédures qui ont amené à des années d’injustice pour un Canadien innocent. Comment le Canada a-t-il pu extrader un Canadien en France alors que la France n’a jamais, jamais eu de charges suffisamment probantes pour faire un procès ? Comment ? A cause de l’Acte d’Extradition canadien qui permet de priver les Canadiens de leur liberté de manière injuste. Ce Canadien fut extradé sur la base de charges dont la fiabilité était quasiment nulle; pourtant tous les tribunaux canadiens ont laissé faire. Ainsi, bien que nous soyons reconnaissants que justice soit faite, faut-il s’assurer que le système soit corrigé afin que nul autre Canadien ne soit assujetti à ce qu’a enduré le Dr. Diab.»