Please sign the petition calling upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada to: (a) Put an end to the continuing miscarriage of justice that Hassan Diab is facing, and (b) Refuse any future request for Hassan Diab’s extradition.
(Please sign either the English or French version of the petition.)
Exactly 11 years ago, on June 6, 2011, the Canadian extradition judge, Justice Robert Maranger, committed Dr. Hassan Diab for extradition to France. His decision was based solely on deeply flawed handwriting evidence which he described as “convoluted”, “very confusing”, and “with conclusions that are suspect”. Justice Maranger noted that Canada’s extradition law, with its very weak protections, left him no choice but to commit Hassan for extradition.
Hassan was extradited to France in November 2014 and was held for more than three years in a prison near Paris while the investigation into the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing continued. In January of 2018, two French investigative judges determined that there was no evidence linking Hassan to the bombing, and he was released unconditionally and returned to Canada.
In June 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated: “I think, for Hassan Diab, we have to recognize first of all that what happened to him never should have happened […] and make sure that it never happens again.”
However, due to political pressure, French prosecutors appealed Hassan’s release, and despite a wealth of evidence exonerating him, France’s bizarrely unjust and Kafkaesque prosecution continues. In a decision that shocks the conscience, the French judiciary set an April 2023 date for the trial of Hassan, more than five years after he was cleared of all accusations and freed without conditions by French investigative judges. Hassan’s nightmare has returned as he now faces the danger of being extradited yet again to France for a crime he did not commit.
PLEASE sign the English or French version of the petition, and share it widely with family, friends, and your networks. We need a groundswell of support to protect Hassan from a SECOND wrongful extradition!