A preview of the short documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Amar Wala
Guest speaker: Barbara Jackman, renowned human rights lawyer, speaks on Canada's Extradition Law and its unjust consequences for Hassan. Q&A will follow.
Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and Carleton University professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, in connection with the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing in Paris.
The Canadian extradition judge described the evidence that the French authorities submitted as "very problematic" and "suspect" and stated that "the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely." However, the judge said that he felt obliged under Canada's extradition law to commit Hassan to extradition.
Hassan has strongly condemned the attack and steadfastly maintained his innocence. He has been in prison near Paris for almost two years. Mr. Don Bayne, Hassan’s lawyer in Canada, has stated: "We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen."
Refreshments, yummy finger foods, music, raffle items, and more!
Sponsored by: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ), Peace and Social Concerns – Ottawa Quakers
Links of interest:
Canada must demand fair investigation by France in case of Hassan Diab, by Gerald Caplan, Globe and Mail, Nov-9, 2015
Civil society must prevent Hassan Diab's wrongful conviction, by Tyler Levitan, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, May 27, 2015
Canada's extradition law: A legal conundrum, by Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen, Nov-14, 2014
Jewish Law and Our Most Cherished Traditions Require Justice for Hassan Diab, by: David Mivasair, July 5, 2016
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Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.
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