Dr. Hassan Diab Returned to Pretrial Detention

After his release on bail on May 17, 2016, under house arrest and electronic monitoring, an appeal court in France ordered Dr. Hassan Diab to return to a French prison on May 24, 2016. The unfortunate decision was based on the appeal court’s assumption that Dr. Diab is a flight risk and a threat to civil order. This is despite the fact that Hassan abided by very strict bail conditions for years in Canada and did not flee or cause civil disorder during his 10 days of limited freedom leading up to the appeal court’s decision.

Prior to the appeal court’s decision, Mr. William Bourdon, Hassan’s French attorney, had stated “The court of appeal mentioned the risk of fleeing as a reason to overrule the decision to release Hassan Diab. He will be present at the next hearing so this will prove to the court of appeal that he never intended to flee, as was the case in the whole extradition procedure in Canada.”

Dr. Rania Tfaily, Hassan’s wife, was planning to travel to Paris with the couple’s two young children in the hope they could interact with Hassan outside the prison environment. “Now even this simple dream has been crushed,” she said. “I hope that this [Canadian] government will look into the injustices in Hassan’s case and why a Canadian citizen is being held in detention for more than 18 months for a case that is still under investigation and for which a Canadian judge found the evidence to be lacking.”

Please sign the following statement calling upon Canada to BRING HASSAN HOME:

For more information, see:

After years of injustice, Canada should bring Hassan Diab home

“This week, a French judge decided to order the release of Hassan Diab while an investigation into his case continues. It is both ironic and embarrassing to see a French judge decide to do what a Canadian judge should have done many years ago: order Hassan Diab a free man!

… It is important that Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould immediately demand that her French counterpart let Hassan Diab return to Canada to reunite with his wife and children. Due process is not a luxury: it is a pillar of our justice system and Hassan Diab deserves no less.”

Read the rabble.ca article:

Dr. Hassan Diab Released on Bail

After 18 months in pre-trial detention in France for a crime he did not commit, a French judge released Dr. Hassan Diab on bail on May 14.

The prosecutor has filed an appeal of Hassan’s release, which will be heard by an appeal court early next week. His French lawyer, Mr. William Bourdon, said Hassan will be in court for next week’s appeal, effectively negating the prosecution grounds for returning him to jail.

Mr. Bourdon said, “He [Hassan] will be present at the next hearing so this will prove to the court of appeal that he never intended to flee, as was the case in the whole extradition procedure in Canada.”

In 2011, when the Canadian extradition judge ruled in favor of extradition, he described the evidence as “very problematic” and “suspect”. In an unprecedented move, the Canadian judge stated that “the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely”. However the judge said that he felt obliged under Canada’s extradition law to commit Hassan to extradition.

Hassan and his family express their gratitude and thanks to supporters who have stood by them since his ordeal began in Canada in 2008.

For more information, see the Ottawa Citizen article:
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/french-judge-orders-terror-accused-diabs-release

Sneak Preview of Short Documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab

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DON’T MISS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE SHORT DOCUMENTARY on Dr. HASSAN DIAB, directed by award-winning filmmaker Amar Wala.

What: Sneak preview of short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab
Date: Friday May 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm)
Place: First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario (off Richmond Road, one traffic light East of Woodroffe Avenue)

Getting there: Take Bus #2 – Map

Please come out, watch the short documentary, and hear the latest updates from Hassan’s lawyer, Don Bayne. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

  • Guest Speaker: Don Bayne (Hassan’s lawyer)
  • Hear Baraa Arar present some of her own powerful poems
  • Hassan’s wife, Rania, and their two children will be happy to meet you!

There will be refreshments and yummy finger foods.


“We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen.” (Statement by Hassan’s lawyer, Don Bayne, on Hassan’s extradition)

Hassan Diab is the Carleton University professor who was extradited to France on November, 14, 2014 in connection with the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing. Hassan has been in prison near Paris for over 17 months.

The Canadian extradition judge described the evidence that the French authorities submitted as “very problematic” and “suspect”.

In an unprecedented move, the Canadian judge stated that “the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely”.

However the judge said that he felt obliged under Canada’s extradition law to commit Hassan to extradition.

Some links of interest:


Hassan Diab Support Committee
diabsupport@gmail.com

561 days in pretrial detention –
How long before an innocent man is freed?


Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign by signing the following 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, unsourced intelligence. I 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 an email to diabsupport@gmail.com 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.


Also, please write to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stéphane Dion, and Minister of Justice, Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging them to speak with their French counterparts about bringing Hassan home. A sample letter is available at http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/help (look under “WRITE”).