Supporters at Ottawa Vigil Call Upon
PM Justin Trudeau to Bring Hassan Home

On Wednesday May 17, more than 120 supporters of Dr. Hassan Diab gathered in front of the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, urging him to intervene and bring Hassan back to his home in Canada.

The Noontime vigil was attended by politicians, human rights activists, and supporters of Hassan, and included remarks by Rania Tfaily (Hassan’s wife), Don Davies (Member of Parliament), Elizabeth May (leader of the Green Party), Monia Mazigh (author and human rights activist), Tim McSorley (National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group), Frances Deverell (retired Unitarian Minister), and Matthew Behrens (writer and social justice advocate), among others.

Matthew Behrens read statements of support from Senator Kim Pate, Mohamed Fahmy (Canadian journalist formerly detained in Egypt), Larry Rousseau (Executive Vice President for the Public Service Alliance of Canada), and Roger Clark (former Amnesty International Secretary General).

MP Don Davies called on the Canadian government to “immediately instruct its diplomats to convey to the French authorities the need to comply with the six separate French court orders to release Hassan Diab on bail.”

“We need to move quickly. We need to ask for Hassan’s release to return to Canada,” said MP Elizabeth May. “He should be here with his family in Ottawa.”

Addressing the crowd, Rania Tfaily read excerpts from one of Hassan’s letters and described his ordeal. “He spends his days swinging between pain and despair, alone over 20 hours per day in a tiny cell, thousands of miles away from his family and home”.

Roger Clark wrote in his statement, “As the former Secretary General of Amnesty International (Canada), I have rarely seen a case that so glaringly calls out for the intervention of the Canadian Government. I firmly believe that a meeting with key members of Dr. Diab’s support group would not only help clarify any questions [the Prime Minister] might have, but also lead to the development of a multi-pronged strategy to not only win Dr. Diab bail, but also bring him home where he belongs.”

Matthew Behrens reminded Prime Minister Trudeau that, while in opposition, “Trudeau called on his predecessor to use the full powers of his office to intervene on behalf of Canadians unjustly detained abroad. Now we are calling on Mr. Trudeau to do the same with Dr. Diab.”

Canadian citizen, university professor, husband, and father of two young children in Ottawa, Dr. Hassan Diab, was unjustly extradited from Canada to France almost three years ago. He remains in detention outside Paris while French authorities continue their 27-year old investigation of the 1980 bombing near a Paris synagogue. At the extradition hearing, the Canadian judge called the evidence against Dr. Diab “illogical”, “very problematic”, and “convoluted”. Nevertheless, the Canadian judge stated that the low threshold for evidence under Canada’s extradition law left him no choice but to commit Dr. Diab to extradition.

Dr. Diab has been ordered released six times by French investigative judges who found that there is “consistent evidence” that Dr. Diab was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris attack. However, each time the French Court of Appeal quashed the release orders at the Prosecutor’s behest because of the political climate in France.

Dr. Diab’s supporters have launched a Parliamentary petition calling upon the Government of Canada to work towards the immediate granting of bail to Hassan and securing his urgent return to his family and home in Canada.

Vigil to Support Dr. Hassan Diab’s
Right to Come Home

(Le français suit l’anglais)

What: Public Vigil to support Dr. Hassan Diab’s right to come home
When: Wednesday May 17, 2017, at 12:00 noon
Where: Office of the Prime Minister, Langevin Block, corner of Elgin and Wellington Streets, Ottawa — Map

Hassan Diab is an innocent Canadian citizen, a university professor, husband, and father of two young Ottawa children, wrongfully sent to France where he sits in a tiny jail cell 22 hours a day undergoing a years-long investigation for a crime he did not commit. The physical description, the finger and palm prints, and the handwriting of the suspect do not match Hassan’s, and French investigating judges have concluded that Hassan was not even in France at the time of the attack committed in Paris in 1980.

Hassan has been ordered released on bail six times within the past year by the investigating judges, but each time the French Court of Appeal quashed the release order at the Prosecutor’s behest because of the political climate in France.

When will Hassan’s Kafkaesque nightmare end?

We are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his words that Canada is back on the world stage and looking out for its citizens. In August 2015, Trudeau said that then-PM Harper “has an obligation to use the full force of the Prime Minister’s Office to help Canadian citizens when they are unjustly imprisoned abroad. His inaction must end today.”

We believe Prime Minister Trudeau must speak out publicly and use the full force of his office to help Canadian citizen Hassan Diab, who is in the extraordinary situation of remaining behind bars despite being ordered released an unprecedented six times.

Read open letter to Mr. Trudeau from the Hassan Diab Support Committee.

This is a critical time in building pressure to support Hassan Diab. Please come out on May 17, bring a friend or two, and sign the Petition to the Government of Canada:

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

For more information, contact:
diabsupport@gmail.com
http://www.JusticeForHassanDiab.org

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Sujet: Manifestation de soutien au Dr. Hassan Diab, qui doit rentrer chez lui
Quand: Le mercredi 17 mai 2017, à midi
Où: Au bureau du Premier Ministre, Langevin Block, au coin de la rue Elgin et de la rue Wellington, Ottawa — Map

Hassan Diab, citoyen canadien innocent, professeur d’université, mari et père à Ottawa de deux jeunes enfants, fut extradé à tort en France, où il reste incarcéré dans une minuscule cellule 22 heures par jour, soumis à une enquête sans fin pour un crime qu’il n’a pas commis. La description physique du suspect, son écriture, et ses empreintes de doigts et de la paume ne correspondent pas à celles d’Hassan, et les juges d’instruction français ont conclu qu’Hassan n’était même pas en France au moment de l’attentat commis à Paris en 1980.

Depuis un an les juges d’instruction ont ordonné six fois sa remise en liberté sous bracelet électronique, mais chaque fois la Cour d’Appel française a renversé la décision, se pliant à la demande du Parquet qui redoute des troubles de l’ordre public étant donné le climat politique actuel en France.

Quand se terminera ce cauchemar à la Kafka? Nous faisons appel à notre Premier Ministre Trudeau. Qu’il agisse selon ses paroles lorsqu’il affirme que le Canada est revenu sur la scène mondiale et protège ses citoyens. En août 2015 Monsieur Trudeau déclara que Monsieur Harper, Premier Ministre de l’époque, avait “une obligation de mettre toute la puissance de sa fonction de Premier Ministre au service des citoyens canadiens lorsqu’ils sont injustement emprisonnés à l’étranger. Son inaction doit cesser aujourd’hui.”

Nous pensons que Monsieur le Premier Ministre Trudeau doit prendre la parole en s’appuyant sur toute la puissance de sa fonction pour porter secours au citoyen canadien Hassan Diab, qui reste de manière inouïe, sans précédent, derrière les barreaux, malgré six ordres de mise en liberté.

C’est un moment critique pour soutenir Hassan Diab en mettant la pression sur le gouvernement canadien. Alertez vos amis et venez nombreux le 17 mai, et signez la pétition au gouvernement du Canada:

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

Pour des informations supplémentaires, contactez:
diabsupport@gmail.com
http://www.JusticeForHassanDiab.org

Sixth Release Order Overturned and
Hassan Remains in Prison;
Canadian Government Must Act!

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

2 May 2017, Ottawa – On Tuesday, May 2nd, the French Court of Appeal overturned once again the release order of Dr. Hassan Diab at the prosecutor’s behest. Over the past year, Dr. Diab has been ordered released six times by French anti-terrorism investigative judges, but his release orders have been repeatedly overturned.The investigative judges found that there is “consistent evidence” that Dr. Diab was in Lebanon at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing and stated that this finding demands his release.

William Bourdon, Hassan’s lawyer in France, noted that it is unprecedented in France to have multiple release orders by the investigative judges overturned. He noted that “after 36 years and since no one else was indicted, the Court of Appeal is clinging on to Hassan Diab. He is detained because of the judges’ fear to be accused of laxity in the context of today’s fight against terrorism in France. Such a situation would be inconceivable in an ordinary-law procedure.”

Diab’s supporters are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his words that Canada is back on the world stage and looking out for its citizens. In August 2015, Trudeau said that then-Prime Minister Harper “has an obligation to use the full force of the Prime Minister’s Office to help Canadian citizens when they are unjustly imprisoned abroad. His inaction must end today.” *

Supporters are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to speak out publicly and use the full force of his office to speak up for Canadian citizen Hassan Diab, who is in the extraordinary position of still being behind bars despite being ordered released an unprecedented six times.

Don Bayne, Dr. Diab’s Canadian lawyer, noted that “Dr. Diab’s continued incarceration is wholly and manifestly unjust. It is past time for this government to come to the aid of a Canadian citizen, to end this travesty of justice, to bring him home. ‘Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Freeland, where are you when an innocent Canadian needs you?’ ”

Roger Clark, the former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, remarked that “This travesty of justice continues solely for political reasons, there being no legal basis for Dr. Diab’s continuing imprisonment. Rather than acknowledge that an egregious error has been perpetrated, French authorities insist on maintaining their cruel charade against a background of widespread islamophobia and a fear of appearing weak on terrorism. Canada must immediately convey to the French Government the urgency of preventing further distortion of justice and of ensuring Hassan Diab’s speedy return to his home and family.”

In May 2016, Dr. Diab was ordered released on bail by the French investigative judge and the judge of freedom and detention. He spent ten days out on bail in Paris without incident before his release order was overturned by the same panel of Court of Appeal judges which has repeatedly denied him bail.

Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014, for investigation regarding the bombing of a Paris synagogue in 1980. The Canadian extradition judge described the evidence against Hassan as “illogical”, “very problematic”, and “convoluted”. However, the Canadian judge stated that the low threshold for evidence under Canada’s extradition law left him no choice but to commit Dr. Diab to extradition.

Dr. Diab’s supporters have launched a Parliamentary petition calling upon the Government of Canada to work towards the immediate granting of bail to Hassan and securing his urgent return to his family and home in Canada.

* Source:
https://www.liberal.ca/statement-by-liberal-party-of-canada-leader-justin-trudeau-on-mohamed-fahmy

For more information:

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

Press Conference on Parliament Hill
April 27, 2017

The Justice for Hassan Diab Committee, Hassan Diab's wife Rania, his lawyer Don Bayne, and the ICLMG's National Coordinator are calling on PM Justin Trudeau to press France for the release and return of Dr Hassan Diab. Sign the petition! https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-833

Posted by International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group – CSILC on Thursday, April 27, 2017

On Thursday April 27, 2017, there was a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, regarding the continued detention of Dr. Hassan Diab.

Speakers were:

  • Don Bayne, Hassan’s Canadian lawyer
  • Rania Tfaily, Hassan’s wife
  • Roger Clark, former Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada and member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee
  • Tim McSorley, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)

Click on the above video or link to watch the press conference.

A Crucial Time in Hassan’s Case

It is a crucial time in Dr. Hassan Diab’s case. Two French investigative judges have ordered Hassan’s release on bail for the sixth time because of “consistent evidence” that Hassan was in Lebanon at the time of the 1980 bombing. This encouraging news has not turned into getting Hassan back to Canada, not even out on bail. All previous release orders have been appealed by the French prosecutor and overturned by the Court of Appeal because of the political climate in France. The hearing of the new appeal is this Friday afternoon.

We are holding a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today, Thursday April 27, at 11:00 am Eastern, regarding the continued detention of Hassan Diab. You can watch a live-stream of the press conference on the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/iclmg.csilc

We have an URGENT REQUEST!

We feel that enormous pressure needs be put on the Canadian Government to urge them to take action and bring Hassan home.

Therefore, please, can you send a message to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs?

It might be that you wrote already; however, another reminder will only underline the urgency of your message. Your letter does not have to be long! What counts is the number of letters from Canadians who show that they are concerned about the continued detention of an innocent man, and who want the Government to ACT.

Our message is clear: We urge the Ministers to raise Hassan’s case with the French authorities. Hassan must be released from prison as soon as possible and allowed to return to his home and family in Canada. At the very least, Hassan must be released on bail as the French investigative judges have ordered.

If you want to touch on one or two facts/issues, please see the sample letter:

Please, send your letter to the following persons:

Finally, if you have not yet done so, please sign our Parliamentary e-petition to urge the Canadian Government to intervene to bring Hassan home:
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-833

With much appreciation and warm regards,

Hassan Diab Support Committee
diabsupport@gmail.com