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Justice for Hassan Diab, April 5, 7pm, Vancouver Public Library

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Sponsored by BCCLA and Hassan Diab Support Committee
Justice for Hassan Diab: End Hassan Diab’s 8-year legal nightmare

With: Don Bayne – Hassan Diab’s lawyer 
and Hasan Alam – Critical Muslim Voices 

Wednesday, April 5 @ 7pm
VPL Central Branch

350 West Georgia Street, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Why is Canadian professor Hassan Diab still held in French jail? What can we do?
Dr. Hassan Diab, a sociology professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the deadly bombing of a Paris synagogue that occurred in 1980. Throughout his long ordeal – imprisoned and under house arrest in Canada for 6 years, extradited to France in 2014, and now nearly 2½ years in a French prison without being charged  – Diab has maintained his innocence. 

The Canadian judge who extradited Diab described the French case as “weak” and concluded that a conviction was unlikely if tried in a Canadian court. However, France’s new anti-terrorism laws permit courts to rely on secret “intelligence,” that has never been disclosed to Mr. Diab and could be potentially derived from torture.  Human rights and civil liberties groups–including the BCCLA–opposed the extradition.

Don Bayne, a leading criminal defence lawyer who fought the six-year extradition battle pro bono, called Diab “Canada’s Alfred Dreyfus.”  Diab, a Lebanon-born Muslim, is a victim of mistaken identity, sacrificed to make France look tough on terrorism.  Dreyfus was a French Jew wrongly accused a century ago – a time when anti-Semitisim was strong as Islamophobia is today.

The support committee calls on the Liberal government to intervene with French authorities. “We have the gravest concern that this case represents a profound miscarriage of justice and the time to act is long overdue. One way to oppose Islamophobia is to support Justice for Hassan Diab.” 

Sponsored by BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and Hassan Diab Support Committee (Vancouver).  Endorsed by Critical Muslim Voices, Independent Jewish Voices, Canadian Association of University Teachers.

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