“Stop Unjust Extradition Proceedings”
In this issue:
1 – Sign the petition for Renewal of Hassan Diab’s Bail
2 – May 19 Event in Toronto: “Kafka in the Court”
3 – CUPW Letter to the Minister of Justice
4 – Donate to Hassan’s legal defence fund
**** 1. Sign the petition for Renewal of Hassan Diab’s Bail ****
We urge you to take a stand for the principles of fundamental justice and for the presumption of innocence in the case of Dr. Hassan Diab by signing the petition at:
Dr. Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor who lives in Ottawa. He is fighting extradition to France where he is accused of involvement in a bombing near a Paris synagogue in 1980. The allegations are based on deeply flawed handwriting analysis and secret “intelligence” that has not been disclosed to Hassan’s defence or the Canadian judge.
In early June, a decision is expected regarding whether Dr. Diab will be committed for extradition. If committed, a judge will decide whether Hassan remains on bail or is put in jail while he appeals his extradition in the Canadian courts, a process that could take several years.
We urge you add your name to the above petition asking the judge to renew Hassan’s bail while he is appealing his extradition.
Since his release from detention on April 1st, 2009, Hassan has dutifully abided by all the terms of his bail, and has not committed a single infraction.
This petition is not a declaration of guilt or innocence. Rather, it is an attempt to uphold the principle of innocent until proven otherwise, and the right for Hassan to be free on bail while defending himself in the courts.
Please help us distribute this petition far and wide.
**** 2. May 19 Event in Toronto: “Kafka in the Court” ****
Event: Kafka in the Court: Hassan Diab v. Canada’s Unjust Extradition Law
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
When: Thursday, May 19, 7:15 PM
- Rania Tfaily, Sociology professor, Carleton University; wife of Hassan Diab who is currently fighting extradition to France
- Jessica Orkin, Criminal justice lawyer, with emphasis on constitutional law and human rights; appears before the Supreme Court
- Matthew Behrens, Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada
- Toronto Action for Social Change
- Christian Peacemaker Teams
- Canadian Arab Federation
- KAIROS Toronto
For further information about this event, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Article about Hassan’s case on rabble.ca: http://rabble.ca/news/2010/11/ottawa-professor-fights-extradition-1980-bomb-attack-france
***** 3. CUPW LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE *****
Mr. Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), wrote a letter to the Minister of Justice expressing the concerns of the 54,000 strong CUPW about the nature of the information being presented in the extradition case of Hassan Diab.
“CUPW believes that in any extradition case, the court must ensure there is sufficient and reliable evidence to support the request. This does not appear to be the case in Dr. Diab’s extradition hearing. It appears the source of much of the evidence against Dr. Diab is unknown. This is very problematic as the reliability of unsourced evidence cannot be adequately tested or challenged.”
***** 4. DONATE TO HASSAN’S LEGAL DEFENCE FUND *****
Please extend your support through a donation to Hassan’s legal defense fund.
The two and a half year legal battle and the monthly GPS monitoring fee have exhausted Hassan’s financial resources. He urgently needs donations to succeed in his struggle for justice—a struggle we all have a stake in!
To donate, please visit:
Hassan Diab Support Committee