Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) has written to Canada’s Minister of Justice due to our concern with the situation of Canadian academic Hassan Diab. Hassan was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014. The extradition judge described the evidence against Hassan as “very problematic”. However, the judge said the low threshold under Canada’s extradition law left him no alternative and he had to commit Hassan Diab to extradition.
In France, judges have ordered Hassan Diab’s release six times due to the lack of a meaningful case against him, including “consistent evidence” that Hassan Diab was not even in France at the time of the 1980 bombing he is accused of. Yet these release orders have been overturned and Hassan is still incarcerated.