Ottawa Must Seek
Justice for Hassan Diab

Toronto Star Op-Ed
By Bernie M. Farber and Mira Sucharov
July 10, 2017

“The evidence against Diab is shaky at best. It appeared to rest on handwriting analyses that experts had discredited. The French authorities had tried to include “secret intelligence” from unidentified sources — evidence that Canadian authorities threw out. There is evidence that Diab was in Lebanon, not Paris, on the day of the attack. Fingerprints at the scene of the crime don’t seem to match those of Diab.

Robert Maranger, the Ontario Superior Court judge who agreed to the extradition, even admitted that ‘the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely.’

Nine years later, with absolutely no movement in sight, it is clear that Hassan Diab is not receiving justice by Canadian standards. This must change.

It is time for Canadian authorities to insist that France take proper judicial action or send him home. By forcing Diab into legal purgatory, Canada is seriously undermining its commitment to due process — one of the bedrock responsibilities of a democratic society to its citizens…”

Read the full Toronto Star Op-Ed:

“Ottawa must seek justice for Hassan Diab”, by Bernie M. Farber and Mira Sucharov, Toronto Star, July 10, 2017