January 26, 2021
Miscarriage of justice and flawed extradition process ongoing issues in Hassan Diab’s case
As you recall, Dr. Hassan Diab returned to Canada in January 2018 after enduring more than three years without charge in a French prison, mostly in solitary confinement. Despite evidence of Hassan’s innocence, the French prosecutor filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal in France asking that Hassan be put on trial.
The French Court of Appeal postponed its decision regarding whether to refer Hassan’s case to trial in France or dismiss the case. Rather, the Court of Appeal ordered a review of the French handwriting analysis report (“Bisotti’s report”) which was subjected to strong criticism by leading handwriting analysis experts during Hassan’s extradition hearing in Canada a decade ago. Notwithstanding these criticisms, Hassan was extradited to France in 2014, almost entirely on the basis of the deeply flawed Bisotti’s report.
Following the review ordered by the French Court of Appeal, two new French handwriting analysis experts delivered a scathing critique and rebuke of Bisotti’s report that mirror the critique by the defence during the extradition hearing. The French Court of Appeal is expected to render a decision regarding Dr. Diab’s case on January 27, 2021.
Essentially, there are two options for the Court of Appeal judge: uphold the prosecutor’s appeal and send Hassan to trial for a crime he did not commit, or deny the appeal and confirm Hassan’s innocence. Either way, the fundamental miscarriage of justice and the radically flawed extradition process remain ongoing issues to be addressed.
Livestream of Press conference, Wednesday January 27
You are invited to watch the press conference livestream on Facebook. At the press conference, Don Bayne (Hassan’s Canadian lawyer), Alex Neve (former secretary general of Amnesty International – Canada), and Robert Currie (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) will react to the French Court of Appeal decision, which is expected on January 27.
- What: Press conference reacting to decision by French Court of Appeal on Dr. Hassan Diab’s case and the findings of the two new French handwriting analysis experts
- When: Wednesday January 27, 2021, at 11:00 am EST
- Livestream Link: https://facebook.com/iclmg.csilc/live
For more information:
- Canada helped France dig up evidence to extradite Ottawa man later freed on terror charges
- Canada’s extradition process is broken
- French court delays appeal decision in Hassan Diab case, orders new handwriting analysis
Hassan Diab Support Committee