Dear Ministers of the Government of Canada and my MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith:
This is a copy of my message to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau:
A friend of mine, Dr. Hassan Diab of Ottawa, Ontario, former professor at the University of Ottawa, was extradited to France and has been jailed there for 30 months based on allegations his lawyer calls the classic recipe for a wrongful conviction. French investigating judges have ordered him released six times, and, in a move that is seen as unprecedented, each time the French Court of Appeal overturned all release orders at the prosecutor’s behest. (see https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/no-evidence-no-problem )
I have joined other Canadians in a ‘chain-fast’, a one day fast (or partial fast) from eating, during Ramadan, while focusing on ways to have Dr. Hassan Diab given true justice and released immediately.
Today, June 3, 2017, I ask you, the Prime Minister of Canada, to use the full weight of your office to demand the immediate release of Dr. Hassan Diab from custody in France and bring him home to his family and many friends. Thank you for what you are able to do. I would appreciate a reply regarding actions you take on behalf of Dr. Hassan Diab.