On November 14, 2014, Dr. Hassan Diab was extradited from Canada to France, torn from his family and community, and incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Hassan was not in France at the time of the 1980 rue Copernic bombing. He is not an anti-Semite, and he strongly condemns all forms of bigotry and violence. 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 examining magistrate decides whether to bring him to trial.
Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign by signing the following 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 for two or more years while the French authorities decide 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. Hassan must receive a fair process, 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.”
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Your ongoing support is vital to protect Hassan’s rights, to give Hassan a real chance to regain his freedom, and to bring him back to his home in Canada.
Hassan extends his deepest gratitude to his supporters for their steadfast support. It means so much to him and his family to know that supporters like you are still pulling for him.
A poem by Hassan Diab
It is dark; it is night
I lay awake waiting
For the nightmare to end
It is light; it is day
The nightmare is still there
Always there; at all times
I eat; I read; I sleep and
The nightmare is my companion
It never leaves me
I beg; I plead, but it never goes away
Sometimes I see light glimpses of my old life
So much has changed; so much has been lost
I wonder how and why
I wonder when the truth will shine
I wonder when I will be free