September 20th, 2021

Dozens of lawyers call for suspension of extradition with France over Diab case


By The Canadian Press on September 14, 2021.

Hassan Diab speaks with reporters in Ottawa on January 17, 2018. More than 100 legal professionals are asking Canada to suspend its extradition treaty with France over concerns "an innocent man" could face trial there in a terrorism case. In May, a French court upheld a decision directing Ottawa sociology professor Hassan Diab to stand trial in the decades-old bombing of a Paris synagogue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – More than 100 legal professionals are asking Canada to suspend its extradition treaty with France over concerns “an innocent man” could face trial there in a terrorism case.

In May, a French court upheld a decision directing Ottawa sociology professor Hassan Diab to stand trial in the decades-old bombing of a Paris synagogue.

Born in Lebanon, Diab became a Canadian citizen in 1993, working in Ottawa as a university teacher.

The RCMP arrested him in November 2008 in response to a request by France.

French authorities suspected Diab was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue that killed four people and injured dozens of others, an accusation he has always denied.

In a letter made public today, dozens of lawyers and other legal professionals call on the Liberal government to urge France to put an immediate end to what they call a continuing miscarriage of justice.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2021.

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