Friday, March 8, 2013

The Politics of Absurdity: Extradition in the Age of Fear

  • What: Lunchtime event with Dr. Hassan Diab

  • Where: Octopus Books, 251 Bank Street, Ottawa, Canada

  • When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor in Ottawa who has been living a Kafkaesque nightmare since November 2008. France is seeking his extradition to question him regarding a bomb attack near a Paris synagogue in 1980. He has been living under very strict bail conditions that include paying $2,000 per month for a GPS device he is required to wear, even though he is not charged with any crime.

If extradited to France, Hassan will languish in prison, possibly for years, while the French authorities continue a 32 year old investigation of a crime he did not commit. Hassan has repeatedly affirmed that he is willing to answer questions from French authorities here in Canada.

France has not presented any evidence to support the allegations. In fact, the evidence shows Hassan’s innocence. Hassan's finger prints do not match those of the suspect, and the extradition case is based on a handwriting analysis report that has been denounced by internationally renowned experts as deeply flawed.

However, this has not deterred French authorities and not protected Hassan from Canada’s unjust extradition law. Hassan is appealing his extradition in Canadian courts.

Come meet the man and hear his story!

Bring your lunch.

Hassan Diab Support Committee