Independent Jewish Voices – Canada has endorsed the “Bring Hassan Home” campaign. The following information is from the Justice for Hassan Diab website.
Since November 14, 2014, Dr. Hassan Diab has been incarcerated in a French prison awaiting a decision from the examining magistrate on whether to put him on trial for a crime he did not commit. Hassan, who was not in France in 1980 and whose palm and fingerprints do not match those of the suspect, can expect to remain in prison for up to two years while under judicial investigation (mis en examen).
In place of the onerous burden of the GPS monitoring device that the Canadian government forced him to wear for five continuous years, Hassan must now bear far greater burdens: Incarceration in a foreign country, separation from family and friends, and worries about receiving justice and fairness in the French anti-terrorism legal system.
Join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign
We invite you to join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign by contributing $20 or more a month to help cover the cost of Hassan’s legal defence in France.
How To Join
To join the Bring Hassan Home Campaign, visit the following page and make a Campaign donation: http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/donate
We also invite you to add your name to the following Campaign 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 up to two years while the examining magistrate decides 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 intelligence. I pledge a monthly contribution to support Hassan’s legal defence in France, 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.”
If you would like to sign the above statement, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org that you wish to add your name to the Bring Hassan Home Campaign statement.
Click here to see current signatures on the above Statement.
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!
In a very disappointing decision, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear Dr. Hassan Diab’s appeal. As a result, before dawn on November 14, 2014, and less than 20 hours after the Court’s decision, Hassan was torn from his home, family, and friends in Canada and extradited to France.
Hassan was extradited based on a deeply flawed handwriting analysis report that compared his handwriting to five words written on a hotel registration card in 1980. The evidence was described by the Canadian extradition judge as “convoluted, very confusing, with conclusions that are suspect”, but the judge stated that he felt obliged under Canada’s extradition law to commit Hassan for extradition. Extradition legal expert Gary Botting asked “How can you give any credence to anything that’s one sentence long and hang a guy with it?” Donald Bayne, Hassan’s Canadian lawyer, stated: “We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen”.
Jacqueline Hodgson, a law professor at the University of Warwick, said: “The case of Hassan Diab, a 60-year-old sociology professor who has been extradited to France, is a troubling one… The evidence against him hinges firstly on unsourced intelligence that would be inadmissible in a criminal court in England and Wales (reliability cannot be tested if the source of information and the manner in which it was obtained are unknown); and secondly on the opinion of a handwriting expert described as wholly unreliable by five of the world’s leading handwriting analysts.”
Human Rights Watch has documented the use of secret intelligence and unfair trials under France’s anti-terrorism laws. Tyler Levitan, spokesperson for Independent Jewish Voices in Canada said: “We are very worried that Dr. Diab will not be subject to a fair trial in France. Their anti-terrorism laws and use of secret evidence will be used unjustly against Dr. Diab to push for a conviction. This is a sad time for all of us who cherish justice and the rule of law.”
Hassan is represented by French lawyer Stéphane Bonifassi who is working closely with Mr. Donald Bayne, his skilled lawyer in Canada, to ensure the best possible legal defence for Hassan.
Speaking to the Canadian press on November 15, 2014, Mr. Bonifassi said, “Hassan is in good spirits and I would say in combative spirits. We will fight the accusations, and hopefully the fact that there is no evidence against my client will prevail and he will be set free.”
Hassan was able to be in touch with his family. He remains strong with the knowledge that his supporters are with him, and he extends his deepest gratitude for their steadfast support.
Hassan Diab Support Committee