The Court of Appeal for Ontario will release its decision regarding Dr. Hassan Diab’s extradition on Thursday May 15, 2014.
We are planning a press conference and RALLY on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on the same day.
|What:||Rally in Support of Dr. Hassan Diab|
|Date:||Thursday May 15, 2014|
|Time:||11:30 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Place:|| Outside Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
(look for group with “Justice for Hassan Diab” signs and banners)
No matter what the outcome is, your presence at the rally will demonstrate that we care about justice, and we oppose extradition based on anonymous and unreliable intelligence and on a single handwriting analysis report that has been discredited and condemned in Court.
We will have signs and banners. Please, also bring your own signs or banners!
Hassan and his family are extremely grateful for your continued support in our struggle against an unfair extradition law and legal proceedings based on totally flawed “evidence”.
Hassan’s appeal to overturn his extradition was heard by the Court of Appeal for Ontario on November 4 and 5, 2013. Amnesty International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filed interventions with the Court in support of Dr. Diab.
Five internationally-recognized handwriting experts had testified that the handwriting analysis report by a French analyst is totally flawed and does not follow recognized methodology in the field. The extradition judge who committed Hassan to extradition described the report as “very problematic”, “convoluted”, “very confusing”, and “with conclusions that are suspect”. However, the judge held that, since this is an extradition hearing, he cannot apply Canadian standards of evidence to exclude this report.
Hassan has steadfastly declared his innocence. His fingerprints and palm prints do not match those of the presumed bomber. He has repeatedly affirmed that he is willing to answer questions from French authorities here in Canada and take a lie detector test, but there has been no response to either offer.
I am innocent of the accusations against me. I have never engaged in terrorism.
I am not an anti-Semite. I have always been opposed to bigotry and violence.”
Dr. Hassan Diab, Ottawa, Canada