Awaiting Decision in Dr. Diab’s Case.
Supporters Send Parliamentary Petition and Open Letter to PM Trudeau.


(Le français suit l’anglais)

PRESS RELEASE

22 September 2017, Ottawa – On July 28, 2017, the French investigative judge issued a notice about the end of investigations in Dr. Hassan Diab’s case, the Canadian citizen and sociology professor who was extradited to France in November 2014. However, the decision has been delayed as the prosecutor is yet to submit written arguments.

Mr. Don Bayne, Dr. Diab’s Canadian lawyer remarked, “According to French law, both Dr. Diab’s French lawyers and the French prosecutor have one month after the investigating judge announces the closure of the investigation to file their respective written submissions. The defence complied. The prosecutor did not. There is apparently no sanction for the prosecutor who can delay the judge’s decision whether to free Dr. Diab or subject him to a trial on secret intelligence that in Canada and most of the Western world is both unfair and unconstitutional. This is yet another manifestation of the mounting injustices that have plagued this case and victimized Dr. Diab – who is this century’s Dreyfus – for the past 8 years. Surely the great republic of France will put an end to injustice, will listen to the investigating judge who has stated that there is consistent and corroborated evidence of Dr. Diab’s innocence”.

Dr. Diab’s French lawyers, William Bourdon, Apolline Cagnat, and Amelie Lefebvre noted that “though there is no legal sanction to the non-observance of the delays that apply once the investigations are finished, we are obviously very disappointed that the prosecutor does not comply with them in this case where Hassan Diab has consistently proclaimed his innocence and consistent evidence of his innocence was collected during the investigations. Hassan remains in prison where he has now spent almost 3 years despite repetitive release orders constantly overturned by the Court of Appeal.”

Yesterday, MP Don Davies presented a Parliamentary petition that urges the Canadian government to intervene to bring Dr. Hassan Diab home. The petition was signed by thousands of Canadians and Permanent Residents.

In addition to the petition, an Open Letter signed by hundreds of Diab’s supporters was sent to Prime Minister Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould urging them to intervene to put an end to Dr. Diab’s Kafkaesque situation.

Alex Neve, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, stated that “this further delay, attributable to the French prosecutor, is one more unconscionable injustice. At a minimum Mr. Diab must be released on bail while the case proceeds, and the Canadian government must – at senior levels – insist that it happens without any further delay.”

Background:

Dr. Diab was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014 in connection with a 1980 bombing outside a synagogue in Paris. He has been held in pre-trial detention in France since then. French investigating judges have issued six judicial orders that Dr. Diab be released on bail, stating that there is “consistent evidence” that Dr. Diab was not in France at the time of the 1980 Paris attack. However, each time the prosecutor appealed and the French Court of Appeal quashed the release orders because of the political climate in France. The Canadian extradition judge found that the evidence presented by French authorities is “suspect” and “very problematic”, yet he stated that he felt compelled under Canada’s extradition law to order Dr. Diab’s extradition. Dr. Diab has been imprisoned or under very strict bail conditions for almost nine years.


COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE

Ottawa, le 22 septembre, 2017 – Le 28 juillet, 2017 le juge d’instruction français a signifié la fin de son enquête concernant le cas du Dr. Hassan Diab, citoyen canadien, professeur de sociologie, qui fut extradé en France en novembre 2014. Cependant la décision finale est retardée parce que le Parquet n’a pas encore soumis ses arguments écrits.

Monsieur Don Bayne, l’avocat canadien du Dr. Diab, observe que « selon la loi française, les avocats français du Dr. Diab et le Parquet ont un mois après la clôture de l’enquête du juge d’instruction pour déposer leurs conclusions écrites. La défense s’est conformée à la loi, mais non le Parquet. Apparemment aucune sanction ne s’applique au Parquet, qui peut retarder la décision du juge soit de libérer le Dr. Diab, soit de l’assujettir à un procès basé sur du renseignement secret, ce qui est considéré au Canada et dans la plus grande partie du monde occidental comme à la fois injuste et anticonstitutionnel. Ceci s’ajoute à de nombreuses injustices qui depuis huit années empoisonnent le cas du Dr. Diab et en font le Dreyfus de ce siècle. Surement la grande république qu’est la France voudra mettre fin à cette injustice et écoutera le juge d’instruction selon qui il existe des éléments concordants prouvant l’innocence du Dr. Diab. »

Les avocats français du Dr. Diab, Maîtres William Bourdon, Apolline Cagnat, et Amélie Lefèbvre, déclarent que bien qu’aucune sanction légale ne s’applique lorsque les délais après la clôture de l’enquête ne sont pas respectés, ils sont évidemment très déçus que le Parquet ne s’exécute pas dans le cas d’un homme qui a toujours clamé son innocence et lors même que des preuves concordantes de cette innocence ont été réunies lors de l’instruction. Hassan Diab reste en prison, où il a maintenant passé presque trois ans malgré des ordres répétés de remise en liberté constamment rejetés par la Cour d’Appel.

Hier, le député Don Davies, a présenté une pétition parlementaire qui presse le gouvernement canadien à intervenir pour ramener le Dr. Diab chez lui. Cette pétition est signée par des milliers de Canadiens et de résidents permanents.

De plus, une lettre ouverte, signée par des centaines de sympathisants du Dr. Diab, a été envoyée au Premier Ministre Trudeau, au Ministre des Affaires Étrangères Chrystia Freeland, et au Ministre de la Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould en les pressant d’intervenir pour mettre fin à cette situation kafkaïenne.

Alex Neve, Secrétaire général d’Amnesty International (Canada), déclare que « ce délai supplémentaire attribuable au Parquet français est une injustice invraisemblable de plus. Il faut au minimum libérer Monsieur Diab sous caution en attendant la suite. Et les instances supérieures du gouvernement canadien doivent insister pour que cela se passe sans plus de délai. »

Historique:

En novembre 2014 le Dr. Diab fut extradé du Canada en France, accusé de l’attentat devant une synagogue à Paris en 1980. Il est détenu en France depuis, en attendant son procès. Des juges d’instruction français ont ordonné six fois la mise en liberté sous caution du Dr. Diab en déclarant que des « éléments concordants » prouvent que le Dr. Diab n’était pas en France au moment de l’attentat de Paris en 1980. Cependant chaque fois le Parquet a fait appel et la Cour de Cassation a rejeté l’ordre de remise en liberté à cause du climat politique en France. Le juge d’extradition canadien a trouvé les preuves présentées par les autorités françaises « suspectes » et « très problématiques » Pourtant il disait qu’il se sentait obligé d’après la loi d’extradition canadienne d’ordonner l’extradition du Dr. Diab. Le Dr. Diab est emprisonné ou vit sous des conditions de liberté provisoire très strictes depuis presque neuf années.


Michael Enright on
the appalling treatment of Hassan Diab

Put him on trial or send him home: Michael Enright on the appalling treatment of Hassan Diab
CBC Radio – The Sunday Edition
September 17, 2017

For the past three years, [Hassan Diab] has been sitting in a Paris prison cell.

He has never been brought to trial.

In France, magistrates investigate crimes in much the same way our police do. Investigating magistrates have repeatedly called for Diab’s release on the grounds that there is consistent and corroborated evidence that he never committed the crime.

One judge found that on the evening of the attack, Hassan Diab was studying in Beirut.

The judge wryly commented: ‘This calls into question information implicating him in the attack, since this relies on his presence in France during this period.’

Another judge has tried five or six times to have him released…

First and foremost, why hasn’t the French government released [Hassan] after so many judges said he was not guilty?…

And secondly, why has the Canadian government not vigorously pressed for Professor Diab’s release given that the only evidence at the extradition hearing was dubious at best?

Read Michael Enright’s full essay at:

“http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CBC-Radio-The-Sunday-Edition-2017-09-17.pdf

1,000 Days in Detention and Counting:
Event for an Innocent Man

The Hassan Diab Support Committee and Octopus Books invite you to a screening of the short documentary “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”, followed by a panel discussion with Carleton University professors Maeve McMahon and Peter Gose, together with Roger Clark, former secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.

What: “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”, followed by a panel discussion
When: Thursday September 14, 2017, 7:00 PM
Where: The Lieutenant’s Pump, 361 Elgin Street (at Waverly), Ottawa, CanadaMap

This is an all ages event. Free and open to the public. The space is wheelchair accessible.

Background:

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor who taught at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, in connection with the 1980 rue Copernic synagogue bombing in Paris.

The Canadian extradition judge described the evidence in the case as “very problematic”, “illogical”, and “suspect”, and stated that “the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely”. However, the judge felt obliged under Canada’s extradition law to commit Hassan to extradition.

Since his extradition over 1,000 days ago, Hassan has been locked up in a French prison cell, 20 hours a day, deprived of his freedom and torn from his family and home in Canada.

The French judge investigating the case found “consistent evidence” supporting Hassan’s innocence, and concluded that Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 bombing. Hassan was ordered released on bail six times. However, each time the French prosecutor appealed and the Court of Appeal overturned the release order.

To this day, Hassan remains locked up in prison and faces the prospect of wrongful conviction under France’s anti-terrorism laws.

Repatriate Hassan Diab and Reform Canada’s Unbalanced Extradition Law

Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed
By Professor Robert J. Currie, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 27, 2017

“The deplorable situation that Diab is experiencing in France — held without trial for years, in spite of numerous judicial decisions indicating he should be bailed or even released has been well documented elsewhere, including by Amnesty International. However, what Canadians need to understand is that this situation is a direct, even logical, result of the current state of Canadian extradition law…

“If an extradition request cannot be turned aside on the basis of a case as weak as that against Hassan Diab, it is difficult to imagine one that will be… Hassan Diab should be repatriated and our extradition law should be reformed.”

Read the full Op-Ed:

http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ottawa_citizen_2017-07-27.pdf

August 9: 1,000 Days in Prison
Phone PM Trudeau to Free Hassan Diab!

On Wednesday August 9, 2017, Hassan Diab will have spent 1,000 days in prison in France, despite documented and compelling evidence of his innocence.

A French investigating judge found consistent evidence supporting Hassan’s innocence, and concluded that Hassan was not in France in October 1980. Hassan was ordered released on bail SIX times by various French judges. However, the French prosecutor appealed each time, and the Court of Appeal overturned every release order due to the political climate in France. To this day, Hassan remains locked up in a French prison cell, 20 hours a day, deprived of his freedom and torn from his family and home in Canada.

Therefore we ask you, please, on Wednesday August 9, the 1,000th day of Hassan’s unjust imprisonment, to telephone the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and insist politely but firmly that the Prime Minister intervene with the French government and ask for Hassan’s immediate release and return to his home in Canada.

We want to have as many of these calls made as possible, coming from all over the country and beyond, all on the same day (August 9). How would the PM be able to ignore this?

(If you are unable to make the call on August 9, please make it whenever it is convenient for you.)

Here is the contact information:

PM Justin Trudeau, House of Commons:
Phone: 1 (613) 992-4211
Fax: 1 (613) 941-6900 (if you wish)

Constituency Office (Papineau, Quebec):
Phone: 1 (514) 277-6020

When you call, you will probably be transferred to leave your message on an answering machine, which is fine. Please, be sure to say your name and give your phone number.

Here is an example of a message you can leave, but please feel free to use your own wording. Even one sentence, asking the PM to intervene and bring Hassan home, is fine.


Template Message:

“Hello. My name is _____________.

I am a supporter of Dr. Hassan Diab, the Canadian who is languishing in prison in France.

Hassan has been in prison for too long, for 1,000 days, despite the fact that he is innocent.

I am calling to urge Prime Minister Trudeau to intervene and bring Hassan back to his home in Canada.

The Canadian government extradited Hassan. The government has a moral obligation to protect Hassan’s basic human rights and bring him home.

I look forward to your response. My phone number is _____________.”


With much appreciation,

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