Hassan Diab Files Civil Claim Regarding
His Extradition

On Friday February 7, Hassan Diab’s civil lawyer filed a statement of claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice regarding Hassan’s extradition in 2014. At a press conference that day, Hassan stated:

“Since my release in 2018, we have called for a public inquiry into the case – the government has said No. We’ve called for reforms to Canada’s extradition law – the government has taken no meaningful action. Now, we are left with no choice but to seek justice through the courts. The reality is that my ordeal could have been prevented. And I am here to ensure that no Canadian ever has to go through the same experience again.”

It’s important that we continue to hold government officials accountable so that no one in Canada would have to suffer through the ordeal that Hassan and his family had to endure for over 10 years.

Please find below the video of the press conference, as well as news articles. It would be great if you would share them on social media (tweets, posts, …etc.) or via email.

Video of the Press Conference:

News articles:

Press Conference on Friday,
February 7, at 10:00 am Eastern, in Ottawa

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As you know, since Hassan Diab’s release from detention in France in 2018, we (with your support) have repeatedly called for a public inquiry into Hassan’s case and a serious reform of Canada’s extradition law so that no other Canadian would go through what Hassan and his family have suffered over the past decade; however, our requests were completely ignored.

Faced with no other choice to get justice, accountability, and reform, Hassan and his family have launched a civil claim against the government of Canada. Hassan and his legal team will be holding a press conference on Friday, February 7, at 10:00 am Eastern to address the civil claim.

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) will be live-streaming the press conference. To watch, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/iclmg.csilc

The video will appear at the above Facebook page as soon as we start live-streaming.

For more information:

Call for Public Inquiry into Hassan Diab’s Case and Reform of Canada’s Extradition Act

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Canada’s Extradition Act is in urgent need of reform. A recent “external review” of Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition commissioned by the Minister of Justice does nothing to prevent future injustices like those suffered by Hassan. But we are not giving up!

1) Please write to Prime Minister Trudeau to demand an independent public inquiry into the extradition case of Hassan, and reform of Canada’s Extradition Act. You can send a message to Mr. Trudeau from the following web page:

https://iclmg.ca/diab-action

Your message can have more impact if you personalise the letter to give it a personal touch.

2) Also, on Thursday November 7 or Friday November 8, please call PM Trudeau’s office at (613) 992-4211, and reiterate your message.

For more information:

Background:

Hassan Diab is thankfully free and back in Canada, but justice hasn’t been served. Hassan deserves answers and we need to change Canada’s broken Extradition Act so no one else suffers as he did!

Hassan was wrongfully extradited to France in 2014, based on illogical, problematic, and confusing evidence. He spent more than three years in prison in France, without charge or trial, often in solitary confinement. In 2018, French investigating judges ordered Hassan’s release after they found there is consistent evidence that he was not in France at the time of the 1980 bombing in Paris.

A recent “external review” of Hassan’s extradition, commissioned by the Minister of Justice, has amounted to a whitewash. It presents only weak recommendations that will do nothing to prevent future wrongful extraditions.

Donald Bayne, Hassan Diab’s lawyer, remarked: “The external review basically says nothing wrong was done by anybody. If Canadian prosecutors and the justice system all got it so right, why then did Hassan languish in solitary confinement over three years, an innocent Canadian in a French jail? The standards we are using are clearly wrong. Anything goes in an extradition, and you can’t defend yourself. This will happen again.”

Please contact PM Trudeau now, so your message will reach Mr. Trudeau just as he is preparing the mandate for the next Minister of Justice. It is expected that the new slate of Ministers will be announced on November 20.

Thank you for your continued support!