Demand a real inquiry into the Hassan Diab case and real reform of extradition laws

Photo courtesy of Justice for Hassan Diab

On July 26, 2019, Canada's Department of Justice released the findings of an external review of Dr. Hassan Diab's extradition to France in 2014. Here is an article by Judy Haiven for rabble.ca about the case. 

The external review conducted by Murray Segal was supposed to uncover how a Canadian citizen came to be thus extradited and to hold the Department of Justice accountable and put forth steps for changing extradition policy. However this was not the case.

“To say that the Segal report is a disappointment is a gross understatement. It is a one-sided report. Its purpose is not to provide transparency or accountability or to prevent future miscarriages of justice. Rather its purpose is to absolve the Department of Justice from any accountability and to shield senior officials at the Department from further scrutiny.

Hassan Diab, click here for the entire statement

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has also panned the report and has said that “If Canada’s horrendous treatment of Dr. Hassan Diab was legal, then Canada’s extradition law is severely broken and must be changed. This report makes clear that our extradition laws are deeply unfair".

The Canadian Association of University Teachers, The Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) among others – are joining Justice for Hassan Diab to call on the Canadian government to conduct an independent public inquiry into Diab’s extradition, as well as to undertake a complete review of the Extradition Act so no other Canadian would go through what Hassan Diab and his family had to endure.

If you would like to support the demand for a real inquiry send a message to diabsupport@gmail.com.

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