Kafkaesque Justice: The Case of Hassan Diab
Should another country have the right to forcibly remove you from Canada
on the basis of secret allegations?
What would it be like:
* to suddenly be told by a foreign country you committed a crime 30 years ago
* to have the alleged accusations against you based on secret intelligence and misrepresentations
* when the foreign state hides fingerprint evidence that shows you are innocent
* when the handwriting evidence offered by the foreign country as "proof" of your guilt actually shows your innocence
The French government is trying to extradite Hassan Diab to France, to be tried for what it alleges, without any substantiation, is involvement in crimes committed in 1980. Yet as the extradition hearing continues, the "evidence" used to strip a Canadian citizen of his liberty and send him to another country has become more and more questionable. It relies on secret "intelligence" that would not be accepted as evidence in a Canadian court, and an argument full of contradictions, omissions and misrepresentations.
Nonetheless, through Canada's extradition treaty with France, the burden of proof is placed on the defendant to prove that the evidence against them is "manifestly unreliable," creating a situation of guilty until proven innocent, and making a mockery of fair trial standards of due process.
Please join us to learn about this shocking case from:
* Rania Tfaily, wife of Hassan Diab
* Matthew Behrens, Coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials
* Moderated by Peter Gose, Chair of the. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University