November 11, 2015
After One Year in Detention, Hassan Continues to Fight for Justice
With the one-year anniversary of his pretrial detention approaching, Dr. Hassan Diab remains in prison in the vicinity of Paris. He has been in detention for one year, since the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his case on November 13, 2014, and he was extradited to France the following day.
Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 rue Copernic bombing. He is not an anti-Semite. He has a lifelong record of opposition to all forms of bigotry and violence, as attested by longtime friends and colleagues. His palm prints and fingerprints do not match those of the suspect. Yet he can expect to remain in prison for up to two years while the French examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial.
Hassan was extradited to France based on discredited “evidence” that the Canadian judge described as “very problematic”, “convoluted”, “very confusing”, and “with conclusions that are suspect”. The unsourced intelligence and discredited handwriting analysis that France withdrew from the Canadian extradition proceedings because of their unreliability remain in the French dossier. We are very concerned that Hassan may be wrongfully convicted.
We call for a fair, open, and unbiased process in France in which none of the discredited “evidence” withdrawn in Canada would be used against Hassan. Making an innocent man pay for a crime he did not commit will only further the tragedy.
Read two recent articles about Hassan’s case:
- “Canada must demand fair investigation by France in case of Hassan Diab”, by Gerald Caplan, The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2015
- “One year after extradition to France, Ottawa academic still pushes for freedom”, by Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen, November 9, 2015
Help Us Tell Hassan’s Story! Support Our Crowdfunding Campaign
The Hassan Diab Support Committee is working on producing a documentary film to publicise Hassan’s plight and raise awareness about his case. We will launch a crowdfunding campaign to support this project on November 12, 2015.
Our goal to raise CAD $15,000 to fund the documentary by mid-December. Please contribute to the crowdfunding campaign. Any donation, no matter how small, will help us achieve our goal. We encourage you to donate early in the campaign, since a strong start is the biggest predictor of a successful campaign.
In a couple of days, we will send you the link to the crowdfunding page. Please tell family and friends, and share it with your contacts on social media and email.
Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign
Please help us bring Hassan home by adding your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign 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 onto the above statement, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that you wish to add your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign statement.
Current signatures on the above statement:
Hassan sends his heartfelt regards and gratitude to all his friends and supporters who have steadfastly stood by him over the years. Despite the daily hardship of imprisonment, Hassan draws strength from the knowledge that we have not forgotten him and are working to bring him home to his wife and children in Canada.
Hassan Diab Support Committee