In this issue:
- April 12: Join our Letter-Writing Campaign to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice
- Hassan Diab Prison Diary
- Update on the Hassan Diab Documentary Project
On April 12, 2016, the Hassan Diab Support Committee is launching a letter writing campaign to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stéphane Dion, and the Minister of Justice, Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould.
We are urging the Ministers to raise Hassan’s case with their counterparts in France, and make sure that Hassan is promptly released and returned to his home in Canada. At the very least, the deeply flawed handwriting analysis and unsourced intelligence, which were withdrawn from the Canadian extradition proceedings, should not be used against Hassan in France. Using these discredited elements against Hassan undermines his right to a fair legal process and is a recipe for wrongful conviction.
Please join our letter writing campaign by writing to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice around April 12. By raising our voices in unison we can make a real impact and push for the speedy release of an innocent man.
A sample letter is available::
- Mr. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs: email@example.com
- Ms. Jody Wilson-Reybould, Minister of Justice: Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca
Please share your communication with firstname.lastname@example.org
Hassan is very grateful for your continued support. Despite the hardship, he remains hopeful that he will be exonerated and will return to his home in Canada. Your support gives Hassan a real chance for justice and hope to return home!
3. Hassan Diab Prison Diary
Hassan Diab remains incarcerated in a prison near Paris since he was extradited from Canada on November 14, 2014. He has been in prison for over 510 days now, and is expected to remain in prison for two or more years while an investigating magistrate decides whether to bring his case to trial.
Recently, Hassan (and others in his prison building) were moved to another building. For the first time in over 14 months, he walked on the ground (rather than on concrete) and was exposed to the sun directly. He said it was a profound experience. He is now allowed to exercise outside, rather than on a caged balcony. But unfortunately his time outside his cell has been reduced to two hours a day instead of four. He spends the remaining twenty-two hours inside his cell, mostly reading. He is an avid reader of novels and the Guardian newspaper.
To give you a window into Hassan’s life, we are posting excerpts from Hassan’s letters from prison to his family in Canada. To read the “Hassan Diab Prison Diary” blog, please visit:
3. Update on the Hassan Diab Documentary Project
Many thanks to our supporters for the successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the Hassan Diab Documentary Project. Award-winning filmmaker Amara Wala recently completed a fine cut of the documentary. Stay tuned for news about public screenings in your area.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to arrange a public screening of the documentary to inform your community about Hassan’s case.
Hassan Diab Support Committee