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lagatta4
Hassan Diab freed

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/hassan-diab-back-in-canada-1.4489738 Ottawa academic Hassan Diab has returned home after a nine-year ordeal, including three years in a maximum-security prison in France.

Diab's supporters in Canada have long argued that he should never have been extradited to a foreign country on the basis of evidence that would not have stood up in a Canadian court.

Judges in France ordered Diab's release on at least eight occasions before he was finally set free, but under the French system prosecutors were able to keep him behind bars by appealing those release orders on grounds that Diab was a flight risk and public danger.

He remained imprisoned despite the fact that he did not match a fingerprint left by the perpetrator of the Paris bombing in 1980, and could demonstrate that he was in fact sitting exams in Beirut at the time it occurred. Both university records, and the stamps in Diab's passport, backed his claims.

Bombing a synagogue is a heinous crime, as are attacks on any place of worship - or for that matter anywhere people congregate. Like recent attacks on mosques and churches by white supremacists, it is also a hate crime. But there is no valid evidence that Dr. Diab committed it.... I wonder if there was some kind of rush to judgement to find a culprit?

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

lagatta4 wrote:

 

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Bombing a synagogue is a heinous crime, as are attacks on any place of worship - or for that matter anywhere people congregate. Like recent attacks on mosques and churches by white supremacists, it is also a hate crime. But there is no valid evidence that Dr. Diab committed it.... I wonder if there was some kind of rush to judgement to find a culprit?

Mass shootings by white supremacists..Even the mass shooting in Las Vegas a few months ago, are not hate crimes but text book terrorism.

Unfortunately,that term only applies to Muslims. White domestic terror is always downplayed as a lone 'madman'

I find that hate crimes are generally verbal,vandalism and simple assaults.  

Bombing a mosque or any other public building is terrorism. Point final.

Im just putting it out there.

lagatta4

Oh, I agree.

Photos of Hassan Diab's arrival in Ottawa and reunion with his family:

http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/warm-welcome-for-hassan-at-ottawa-ai...

Glad to be home despite the coldest winter in decades!

http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/ The Canadian committee; the committee in France is Le comité de soutien à Hassan Diab.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Its just too easy and too frequent that Muslims are the sole perpetrators of terrorism.

I think if the NRA still existed and a pub in London was bombed,it would no longer be labeled 'terrorism' . Probably be dismissed as naughty lads up to no good.

Canada extradites citizens way too easily. Especially when it comes to the US. Interesting that Ottawa capitulated to French authorities.Where is the Canadian Charter of Rights when Canadians need it?

lagatta4

Canadian Jewish News has brought out a nasty article continuing to insinuate that Diab was guilty. Based on crap from its counterpart in France, CRIF.

NDPP

French Jews Protest Release of Canadian Accused In Synagogue Bombing

http://www.cjnews.com/news/international/french-jews-protest-release-can...

"CRIF calls on the public prosecutor to appeal the release..."

MegB

lagatta4 wrote:

Canadian Jewish News has brought out a nasty article continuing to insinuate that Diab was guilty. Based on crap from its counterpart in France, CRIF.

Even though it's been proven that he was in another country at the time of the bombing.

lagatta4

Yes, he was in his native Lebanon writing some kind of postgraduate exam. With passport stamps and attestation from the faculty to confirm it.

J'accuse! Framed like Captain Dreyfus on the basis of his cultural-religious affiliations. And I know CJNews will never print that, though it was a classic case of antisemitism against a "respectable" citizen in a "democratic" country.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Frightening that such a miscarriage of justice continues to this day - especially when so much evidence was presented that Diab wasn't even in the country. I am so relieved he is finally home with his family and hope he is reinstated at the university where he taught.

NDPP

An earlier CJN article from Nov., 2014 is illustrative of the powerful interests supporting this stitch-up...

Alleged Shul Bomber Extradited To France

http://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/alleged-shul-bomber-extradited-france

"...We are pleased that the highest court in the land will honour the French extradition request and allow the accused to return to France so the victims may have their day in court. Mr Diab will now be able to defend himself before France's judicial system, which is as impartial as Canada's,' said CIJA CEO Shimon Fogel.

'We are pleased that authorities in France and Canada pursued this case even after more than 30 years since the murderous attack on the Paris synagogue. This sends an important message that diligent, committed authorities will never cease in their pursuit of justice against terrorists on behalf of their victims,' Fogel said."

lagatta4

In other words, that they will just grab some random person who happens to be of the wrong nationality or ethnicity...

Unionist

lagatta4 wrote:

In other words, that they will just grab some random person who happens to be of the wrong nationality or ethnicity...

When you say "they" lagatta, whom do you mean? French authorities? Canadian authorities? CIJA? Carleton University? Just curious. This was a huge miscarriage of justice, but I think it's important to identify who was primarily to blame and who just went along for the ride.

lagatta4

I was simply referring to CJNews scapegoating Professor Diab. Yes, of course the Canadian and French authorities are the main culprits.

 

NDPP

Email Trail Reveals How Carleton University Responded To 2009 Hassan Diab Media Storm

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/email-trail-reveals-how-carleto...

"A Freedom of Information request into the hiring and dismissal of Hassan Diab at Carleton University in 2009 sheds light on the chain of events that led to his termination in a firestorm of controversy...

...On July 28, this newspaper reported that Diab was to resume teaching at Carleton...At 1:40 pm, Jacques Shore, then chairman of the board of governors forwarded an email he had received from Jewish Canada at 12:39 pm to Carleton's then-president, Roseann Runte. The email included a news release from the Jewish advocacy group B'nai Brith..."

lagatta4

What on earth is "Jewish Canada"? Googled it, found nothing, except normal entries about the history of Jews in Canada, Jewish Canadians, etc. No such group.

NDPP

www.jewishcanada.org

Falsely Accused Terrorism Suspect Released After 10-Year Ordeal

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20984:Falsely-Accused-Terrorism-Suspect-...

"Sociology professor Hassan Diab, who was accused of a terrorist attack in Paris over ten years ago, was just released. Diab talks to TRNN about his ordeal in one of his first interviews upon his release..."

NDPP

Shinewald: My Declaration of Contrition

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1037893921563725825

"Benjamin Shinewald has the decency to own up to the role he played in the persecution of Hassan Diab. Regrettably, CIJA and Bnai Brith do not have that same decency."

NDPP

French Court Orders Hassan Diab to Stand Trial in Terrorism Case, Three Years After He was Set Free

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/hassan-diab-france-1.5888310

"The decision of the French court of appeal today is the continuation of a long odyssey of injustice,' his extradition lawyer Donald Bayne, said at a news conference Wednesday..."

Hassan Diab Support Committee reacts to French Court Order

https://youtu.be/xYk7innyR90

"I respectfully submit that no justice system worthy of the name offers an innocent scapegoat to satisfy a demanding lobby..."

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Wow, this is a shocking reversal. Is there new evidence? How is re-charging him legal?

NDPP

If the government does it, it's legal. If two government's do it, even more so, apparently. No wonder China's somewhat skeptical of Canadian assurances of an 'independent,' 'impartial' extradition process...

Justice For Hassan Diab: Organisations Call for Public Inquiry into Hassan Diab's Extradition Case

https://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/calls-for-public-inquiry

kropotkin1951

laine lowe wrote:

Wow, this is a shocking reversal. Is there new evidence? How is re-charging him legal?

The CBC article says he was never charged in the first place. We sent him to France based on a case that was not strong enough to initiate a prosecution under French law. The CBC piece says they let him go without charging him after three years of investigation while he was imprisoned.

Our bar for extradition is obviously way to low and our federal government needs to revamp that legislation.

NDPP

This from almost exactly a year ago:

Hassan Diab, family launch $90 m lawsuit against government after extradition on terror charge

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/hassan-diab-family-launch-90m-...

"..A notice of action was filed in court Friday and claims damages for 'negligence, negligent investigation, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, spoilation of evidence, deceit, abuse of process, and intentional affliction of emotional distress.' The notice also alleges Canada's attorney general breached Diab's Charter rights and asks for 'punitive and exemplary damages.'

The notice names Diab, his wife Rania, and the couple's two children ages 5 and 7, as plaintiffs, claiming an abuse of process and the 'intentional infliction of emotional distress.' Diab's legal action comes after an external review of his case concluded that federal lawyers had acted ethically and lawfully in ordering his extradition. The review was conducted by Murray Segal..."

LOL...!

NDPP

Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story (and vid)

https://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/rubber-stamped

NDPP

Extraditing Hassan Diab a Second Time Would be a Travesty

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-extraditing-hassan-diab-...

"The freedom of one Canadian citizen is again being threatened, and with it the integrity of Canadian democracy. With formal charges being laid against a Canadian citizen by France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's ability to stand up in the face of injustice - and in the face of a bullying ally is being put to the test.

In the event that France requests Mr Diab's extradition we call on Mr Trudeau to stay true to his words and refuse...."

Not again. Free Diab.

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