Kafka Revisited: An Evening with Dr. Hassan Diab

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 23:00 to Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 01:00

You are cordially invited to an event hosted by the Hassan Diab Support
Committee. This is a special opportunity to meet Dr. Hassan Diab, learn
about the Kafkaesque situation he has faced since 2008, and hear about the
latest developments in his extradition case. Hassan’s appeal of the
extradition decision will be heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal in
Toronto on November 4 and 5, 2013.

Speakers:

The evening will also feature:

   - Live musical entertainment
   - Poetry reading
   - Raffle and silent auction
   - Complimentary snacks and refreshments

Admission is free. All are welcome. Bring your family and friends!

Background Information

My life has been turned upside down because of unfounded allegations and
suspicions. I am innocent of the accusations against me. I have never
engaged in terrorism. I am not an anti-Semite. I have always been opposed
to bigotry and violence.”

Dr. Hassan Diab, speaking at a press conference in Ottawa, Canada

*Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor in
Ottawawho has been living a Kafkaesque nightmare since November 2008.
France is seeking his extradition to question him regarding a bombing in
Paris in 1980. Hassan is not charged with any crime, yet he has been living
under very strict bail conditions that include paying $2,000 per month for
a GPS device he is required to wear at all times.

In 2011, a Canadian judge decided to commit Dr. Diab to extradition based
solely on a handwriting analysis report that alleges that Hassan’s
handwriting matches five words on a Paris hotel registration card from
1980. Five internationally renowned handwriting experts testified that the
report is based on fundamentally flawed methodology and is patently
unreliable and biased. The extradition judge himself described the
handwriting analysis report as “very problematic”, “very confusing”,
“convoluted”, and with “conclusions that are suspect”. Yet the judge ruled
that he is required under Ontario's interpretation of Canada’s extradition
law to commit Dr. Diab for extradition.

Hassan is appealing the extradition decision. The appeal will be heard by
the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto on November 4 and 5, 2013. Amnesty
International, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and the
Canadian Civil Liberties Association have filed interventions with the
court, expressing their deep concerns about Hassan’s case.

Dr. Diab’s case points to glaring problems with Canada’s extradition law.
In extradition cases, the Charter rights of the person sought are severely
compromised. Canadian standards of evidence do not apply. The standard for
extradition is so low that Canada hands people over to other countries
based on evidence that is not acceptable in Canadian courts. Canada has
extradition treaties with countries that allow secret intelligence,
including intelligence that may have been the product of torture, to be
used as evidence at trial. Evidence submitted by the foreign country is
presumed reliable. In addition, foreign countries may cherry-pick what
evidence to present to Canada, and need not disclose any exculpatory
evidence. For example, at the extradition hearing, Hassan was not allowed
to introduce evidence showing that his finger and palm prints do not match
those of the presumed bomber.

In a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, 48th Session,
May 2012, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) wrote:

“CCLA is concerned that an individual could be ordered for committal on the
basis of evidence characterized as “weak”, “confusing”, “convoluted”, and
“unlikely” to result in conviction in a fair trial. How is committal based
on such evidence reconciled with the rights to liberty, due process and
fair trial – protected in our Charter and in international law?”

Every citizen should be concerned about this grave injustice. If it can
happen to Hassan, it can happen to any one of us. Please help us mount a
public campaign to reform Canada’s unfair extradition law and support Dr.
Hassan Diab.

Media Articles:

Ottawa Citizen article - http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/8612960/story.html 

Rabble.ca article:

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2012/04/taking-liberties-revelations-hassan-diab-case-highlight-major-faultlines-extradit

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