Away from home: 133 days
It has been 133 days days since Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France, torn from his family and community, and incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 rue Copernic bombing. His palm prints and fingerprints do not match those of the suspect. Yet he can expect to remain in prison for up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial. (See below for a recent article about Hassan.)
Please join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign and make a statement of support for Dr. Hassan Diab by contributing $20 or more a month to help cover the costs of his legal defence in France.
How to Join
To join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign, please visit the following page and make a contribution of $20 or more per month to support Hassan’s legal defence:
We also invite you to add your name to the following Campaign statement:
“Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France based on a handwriting analysis report that the Canadian extradition judge described as “convoluted, very confusing, with conclusions that are suspect”. Hassan is now incarcerated in a French prison where he may remain up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial. I am deeply concerned that Hassan may be wrongfully convicted under France’s anti-terrorism laws based on deeply flawed handwriting analysis and the use of secret intelligence. I pledge a monthly contribution to support Hassan’s legal defence in France, so he has a real chance to fight for justice and return to his home in Canada. We must make sure that the real perpetrators of the rue Copernic crime are brought to justice. Making an innocent man pay for a crime he did not commit will only further the tragedy.”
To sign the above statement, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that you wish to add your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign statement.
Click here to see current signatures on the above Statement.
Your ongoing support is vital to protect Hassan’s rights, to give Hassan a real chance to regain his freedom, and to bring him back to his home in Canada.
Hassan extends his deepest gratitude to his supporters for their steadfast support. It means so much to him and his family to know that supporters like you are still pulling for him.
Article by Matthew Behrens in Rabble.ca
“[Hassan] Diab now sits in a cell in the largest prison in Europe for 20 hours a day. This is directly due to the fact that in 2011, Ontario Court judge Robert Maranger upheld the extradition order, despite his conclusion that the case against Diab was ‘weak,’ ‘suspect,’ and ‘confusing,’ concluding ‘the case presented by the Republic of France against Mr. Diab is a weak case; the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial, seem unlikely’…
His supporters fear that he will not receive a fair trial in France’s much-criticized anti-terrorism courts. Indeed, Human Rights Watch noted that French ‘decisions to arrest suspects and place them under formal investigation are based on a low standard of proof’…”
Read the full article:
A poem by Hassan Diab
It is dark; it is night
I lay awake waiting
For the nightmare to end
It is light; it is day
The nightmare is still there
Always there; at all times
I eat; I read; I sleep and
The nightmare is my companion
It never leaves me
I beg; I plead, but it never goes away
Sometimes I see light glimpses of my old life
So much has changed; so much has been lost
I wonder how and why
I wonder when the truth will shine
I wonder when I will be free