Diplomacy Must Not Trump Justice

Few Canadians are aware that Canada’s extradition law allows the forced removal of Canadians to other countries based on “evidence” that would be inadmissible in Canadian courts. Canada’s extradition law presupposes that any evidence submitted by the requesting state is reliable, thereby sacrificing fundamental standards of justice and due process to foreign policy considerations.

A foreign state is only required to provide a summary of its case and does not have to disclose any evidence which supports the defendant’s innocence. It is not surprising that Gary Botting, a leading expert on extradition, proclaimed Canada’s extradition law “the least fair act.” No other case in recent memory has exposed the unfairness of Canada’s extradition law more starkly than the Diab case…

Read the full Op-Ed, published by the Ottawa Citizen, October 29, 2013