Goal: Raise CAD $40,000 by August 31, 2017
How to Donate
1. For cheque donations: Please make cheques payable to Extradition Legal Defence Fund and send to the following address:
Extradition Legal Defence Fund
c/o Ria Heynen
20 Cleary Ave., Apt. 504
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 3Z9
2. For donations using PayPal or credit card: Please click the Donate button below, then fill-in the donation amount and other information.
3. For donations using Interac e-Transfer: Please sign onto your online banking, choose Interac e-Transfer; identify Diab Fund as the recipient, and firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient’s email address; specify the amount and complete the security question-and-answer info. (Please select a security question that we would know the answer to, such as “What is the capital of Canada?”).
Why We Need Your Help
(Excerpt from Hassan Diab’s letter to his wife Rania commenting on the French Court of Appeal decision to overturn his release order.)
Canadian citizen Hassan Diab has spent the last nine years of his life either in jail or under draconian bail conditions despite evidence of his innocence.
Three different French judges have ordered the conditional release of Hassan SIX times in the past 13 months because of “consistent evidence” that he was in Lebanon at the time of the 1980 Paris bombing. Several witnesses have independently corroborated that Hassan was studying and taking exams with them at that time. This was confirmed by official documents from the university where Hassan studied. Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to Hassan’s innocence (including fingerprints and palm prints that do not match those of the suspect), the Court of Appeal has summarily dismissed all six conditional release orders at the prosecutor’s behest.
Given the “unprecedented” nature of this case and the fact that Hassan’s lawyers in France had to litigate the case repeatedly in the courts, there have been substantial legal fees.
That is why we are asking for your help again. We have tried to manage, but we still need to raise $40,000 to be able to pay the latest legal bill which is due before the end of August.
We hoped that we would not have to make any more fundraising appeals and that Hassan would be back in Canada by now. We have repeatedly asked the Canadian government to intervene. However, so far they have not.
In a press conference on June 21st, Amnesty International called Hassan’s continued detention “arbitrary” and in violation of European and human rights, and called on the Canadian government to intervene immediately, as did Canadian Association of University Teachers, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Many of you have written and phoned the Prime Minister’s office, and we are very grateful to you.
We would greatly appreciate if you are willing to donate to Hassan’s legal fees and help in securing his release and freedom. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
On behalf of Hassan, the support committee and myself, I extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your support.
Hassan Diab Support Committee