I am writing to let you know that we will be in court - The Ottawa Court House, 161 Elgin Street - on Wednesday, June 16th at 10:00 am (and possibly Thursday, June 17th and Friday, June 18th) to ask the court for the removal of the condition of the electronic monitoring that was imposed on March 31, 2009, as part of Hassan’s bail.
This is important for us because the Crown attorney and France have twice unilaterally asked for lengthy adjournments of the extradition hearing. This led to the collapse of two pre-set court dates (January 2010 and June 2010). The delays that we have been subjected to also increased our legal bill substantially. In the meantime, Hassan lives under very, very strict conditions, and we have to finance the hefty cost of the electronic monitoring ($30,000 for the first year and $18,000 for every year thereafter).
In addition, France’s shoddy handwriting analysis and delays have led to an overly protracted legal process and repetition of evidentiary steps. Most recently, France’s handwriting evidence was entirely discredited by experts for the defense. In response, the French have disavowed their original reports and have filed a “new” handwriting report. Through this maneuvering, the Crown and the French have turned the process into a costly “war of attrition”.
I hope that you can come to the court this Wednesday. It would mean a lot for us to have supporters in the court. To know the courtroom number, simply check with the information desk staff or you can look up Hassan's name on the sheet posted on each courtroom door.
To donate to Hassan's legal defence fund, please visit: www.justiceforhassandiab.org/donate, or send a check directly to Hassan's legal defence at the following address:
Bayne Sellar Boxall
Attention: Diab Legal Defence Fund
Suite 500, 200 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1L5
Please make checks payable to: "Bayne Sellar Boxall"