In this issue:
- Presentation about the Case of Hassan Diab, Ottawa, June 5 2015
- Article: Prevent Hassan Diab’s Wrongful Conviction
- Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign
You are invited to attend the following presentation about Dr. Hassan Diab’s case at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa.
|Title:||“The Case of Hassan Diab: Racism, Extradition Law and Citizenship in Canada”|
|Speaker:||Dr. Peter Gose, Professor of Anthropology, Carleton University|
|When:||Friday, June 5, 2015, 9:00 am – 9:30 am|
|Where:||University of Ottawa, Jock-Turcot University Centre, Room 205 – Map|
|Hosted by:||Canadian Peace Research Association at Congress|
Dr. Diab’s extradition and the cynical legal proceedings that led to it starkly reveal the racialized limits of citizenship and Charter rights in Canada.
This event is free and open to the general public. No registration is necessary.
2. Article: Prevent Hassan Diab’s Wrongful Conviction
“Civil society must prevent Hassan Diab’s wrongful conviction”
by Tyler Levitan
Published in al-Araby al-Jadeed, May 22, 2015
“Not only do Diab’s fingerprints not match those found on a rental car, nor on a French police shoplifting report on the suspected bomber, nor on the suspect’s hotel registration card, but the evidence presented by the French authorities related to handwriting was even withdrawn on two occasions, after it was exposed that the comparison samples used did not belong to Diab.”
“In France, the handwriting analyses based on someone else’s writing were submitted to Diab’s April 3 bail hearing, despite having been withdrawn from the Canadian courts.”
“Diab is not anti-Semitic. On the contrary, he is, by all objective accounts, a man devoted to human rights and social justice, opposing all forms of racism.”
“It is incumbent on civil society, both in Europe and North America, to continue to pressure our governments to demand the immediate release of Diab, who has been the victim of faulty evidence, and could become the victim of a wrongful conviction – unless we intervene in time.”
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3. Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign
It has been 200 days since Dr. Hassan Diab was torn from his family and community in Ottawa and extradited to France, where he is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 rue Copernic bombing. His fingerprints do not match those of the suspect. Yet he can expect to remain in prison for up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial.
Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign by signing the following statement.
“Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France based on a handwriting analysis report that the Canadian extradition judge described as “convoluted, very confusing, with conclusions that are suspect”. Hassan is now incarcerated in a French prison where he may remain up to two years while the examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial. I am deeply concerned that Hassan may be wrongfully convicted under France’s anti-terrorism laws, based on deeply flawed handwriting analysis and the use of secret, unsourced intelligence. I support Hassan’s legal defence in France, so he has a real chance to fight for justice and return to his home in Canada. We must make sure that the real perpetrators of the rue Copernic crime are brought to justice. Making an innocent man pay for a crime he did not commit will only further the tragedy.”
To sign the above statement, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that you wish to add your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign statement.
Click here to see current signatures on the above Statement.
If you would like to make a donation to Hassan’s legal defence in France, please visit the following page and make a donation (any amount is appreciated and can make a difference!): http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/donate
Your ongoing support is vital to protect Hassan’s rights, to give Hassan a real chance to regain his freedom, and to bring him back to his home in Canada.
Hassan extends his deepest gratitude to his supporters for their steadfast support. It means so much to him and his family to know that supporters like you are still pulling for him.
Hassan Diab Support Committee