Stop Extradition of Hassan Diab

To Minister of Justice, Mr. Rob Nicholson

Dear Minister Nicholson:

Please stop the planned extradition of Hassan Diab to France as was decided in an Ottawa court on Tuesday, June 6, 2011. You as Canada’s Minister of Justice have the power to refuse this unjust extradition.

The only evidence that has been presented to extradite Mr. Diab is a French handwriting analysis report which is appallingly unreliable as has been stated by the Mr. Justice Maranger who heard this case on Tuesday. Justice Maranger admitted in court that without the handwriting evidence he could not have committed Mr. Diab for extradition. Some of the Justice Maranger’s statements were contained in an Ottawa Citizen article
and I quote:
‘In his decision, (Justice) Maranger admitted that he had problems with the key handwriting evidence that is pivotal to the case.
“I found the French expert report convoluted, very confusing, with conclusions that are suspect,” he said.
Maranger added that the entire French case against Diab is a weak one with the prospects of a conviction in the context of a fair trial unlikely.
However, he said, “it matters not that I hold this view.”’

The article further states:
‘Under Canada’s increasingly controversial extradition treaties, a so-called requesting country need not prove its case against a Canadian citizen such as Diab before extradition, but merely offer enough documented evidence to form a prima facie case.
Diab’s supporters say his case is especially unfair because France does not extradite its own citizens.
Although Maranger’s decision says in effect that no Canadian court could likely convict Diab on the basis of the French evidence, the judge said he is bound by extradition law under which Canada has to assume that Diab will receive a fair trial in Paris.’

Furthermore the article states:
‘The now unemployed academic has been paying a monthly surveillance bill of $2,500 and had to set aside $9,000 in deposits for the monitoring equipment when his bail was first granted.’

Mr. Diab has made a public statement of his innocence that can be read at: http://www.justiceforhassandiab.org/hd_stmt_20110606

All of this strongly implies that a grave injustice is being done to a man who has served Canada – as a professor at the University of Ottawa and as a husband and father and community member in Ottawa since he came to Canada. He is now threatened with extradition to France for an allegation that is thirty years old.

Please in the name of justice and mercy, stop the extradition of Hassan Diab to France and demand a much higher threshold of evidence than that presented by France which even Mr. Justice Maranger said is weak.

Please inform me of how you will stop the unjust extradition of Mr. Hassan Diab.

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About Murray Lumley

Board member of Conscience Canada; Christian Peacemaker Teams Reservist; retired teacher; grandfather
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