The Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition. A disappointing decision from the Court for Hassan, as well as for the rights of Canadians. But we will fight on! Hassan’s lawyers are seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
In reaction to the decision, Hassan gave the following statement.
Statement by Hassan Diab, May 15, 2014
It is with great shock that I learned that the Court of Appeal upheld my extradition order on the sole basis of a discredited handwriting analysis report.
This is a sad day not just because of this miscarriage of justice, but also because the court accepted as evidence a handwriting analysis report that has been found by five leading handwriting experts to be absolutely erroneous and completely flawed. It is unfortunate that the court is allowing discredited evidence to stand despite the recommendations of numerous commissions into wrongful convictions that urged the court to reject dubious evidence.
Such a decision means that any Canadian citizen can be detained, uprooted and extradited based on deeply flawed evidence that a foreign state submits. Unfortunately, Canadians have very limited rights when they are sought by a foreign state.
Despite this setback, I am determined to continue my fight for justice and freedom. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court of Canada would rectify the decision of the Court of Appeal and ensure a fair system that protects the rights of Canadian citizens.
I would like to iterate what I unequivocally stated from the beginning. I have absolutely no connection whatsoever to the terrible 1980 attack. I neither participated in nor had any knowledge of this heinous crime. I have always opposed anti-Semitism, discrimination and violence. I am innocent of the accusations against me.
I am eternally grateful to my family and friends who never doubted my innocence and whose commitment has been unwavering. I am thankful to my many supporters who have stood by me during this difficult period of my life. I also would like to thank my dedicated lawyers who have worked tirelessly on my case for years.