eBulletin – March 17, 2013

“Stop Unjust Extradition Proceedings”

In this issue:

  1. Octopus Books Event: “The Politics of Absurdity: Extradition in the Age of Fear”, Ottawa, March 20
  2. Information and Fundraising Dinner, Ottawa, April 6
  3. Join the HUNDRED FOR HASSAN Campaign

1. Octopus Books Event: “The Politics of Absurdity: Extradition in the Age of Fear”, Ottawa, March 20

Come to a lunchtime event at Octopus Books with Dr. Hassan Diab.

Date: Wednesday March 20, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: Octopus Books, 251 Bank Street, Ottawa, Canada


“My life has been turned upside down because of unfounded allegations and suspicions. I am innocent of the accusations against me. I have never engaged in terrorism. I have never participated in any terrorist attacks. I am not an anti-Semite. I have always been opposed to bigotry and violence.”

Dr. Hassan Diab, speaking at a press conference in Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor in Ottawa who has been living a Kafkaesque nightmare since November 2008. France is seeking his extradition to question him regarding a bomb attack near a Paris synagogue in 1980. He has been living under very strict bail conditions that include paying $2,000 per month for a GPS device he is required to wear, even though he is not charged with any crime.

France has not presented any evidence to support the allegations. In fact, the evidence shows Hassan’s innocence. Hassan’s finger prints do not match those of the suspect, and the extradition case is based on a handwriting analysis report that has been denounced by internationally renowned experts as deeply flawed.

However, this has not deterred French authorities and not protected Hassan from Canada’s unjust extradition law. Hassan is appealing his extradition in Canadian courts.

Every citizen should be worried about this injustice.

Come meet the man and hear his story!

Bring your lunch.

2. Information and Fundraising Dinner, Ottawa, April 6

Join us for an information and fundraising dinner in support of Hassan Diab.

Date: Saturday April 6, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM – 8.30 PM
Place: Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive, Ottawa, Canada – map

  • Music by Amelia Leclair of the Three Little Birds
  • Great Food!
  • Update from Hassan’s Lawyer
  • Interview with Hassan
  • Auction and Raffle

Buses No. 5 and 16 stop nearby; get off at Main St. and Lees Ave.
Free parking is available at the adjacent parking lot at Immaculata High School.

There is no need to reserve in advance and no charge for the evening, but your donations will be greatly appreciated. If you cannot come to the event and would like to donate, please visit: http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/donate

For further information, call 613-828-8468.

3. Join the HUNDRED FOR HASSAN Campaign

Call for Support and Solidarity

To many people, “debtors’ prison” sounds like an archaic institution, something out of a novel by Charles Dickens. But the idea of imprisoning people who can’t pay what they “owe” is alive and well in the case of Dr. Hassan Diab. Hassan will be put in prison if he does not pay his “creditor” – in this case, the Canadian government – $2,000 per month for the cost of his own surveillance.

We invite you to be one of 100 people – A HUNDRED FOR HASSAN – who care about due process and the presumption of innocence and oppose abusive extradition proceedings, by pledging $20 or more per month to share the cost of Dr. Diab’s oppressive burden. This is our way of taking a public stand and saying, “This is just wrong.”

We also invite you to add your name to the Hundred for Hassan statement at:

To join the Hundred for Hassan campaign, send an email to diabsupport@gmail.com indicating how much you wish to pledge monthly, for how many months, and whether you would like to add your name to the above statement. We will respond and give you details on how to make your monthly contribution.

Visit the Hundred for Hassan web page at:

Hassan Diab Support Committee
Email: diabsupport@gmail.com
Web: http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceforhassandiab
Twitter: http://twitter.com/justiceforhdiab
Blog: http://friendsofhassandiab.blogspot.com

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