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e-4901

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Dr. Hassan Diab (70), a Canadian citizen, was wrongfully extradited to France on 14 November 2014, in a case described by extradition Judge Maranger as “weak” and in which “the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely”;
  • Dr. Diab was detained in a Paris prison for over three years, largely in solitary confinement, while France attempted to manufacture a case against him. He was never formally charged or tried throughout that time;
  • Two senior and respected anti-terrorist investigating judges concluded, on 12 January 2018, that there was no evidence to justify a trial and ordered Dr. Diab’s immediate release. He returned to Canada and was reunited with his family in Ottawa on 14 January 2018;
  • An appeal by the French prosecutor resulted in a summary and partisan trial in April 2023. Dr. Diab was convicted in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment, principally on the basis of hearsay ‘evidence’ and secret, anonymous intelligence. Strong alibi and other exculpatory evidence was excluded from consideration by the court; and
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear in June 2018 that “what happened to Hassan Diab should never have happened” and said that an ordeal like Hassan’s should never happen again.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to formally declare that Canada will neither accept nor agree to any second request from the French Government for the extradition of Dr. Hassan Diab in connection with the 1980 Paris attack.

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