Thursday, May 5, 2011

Toronto Event, May 19: Kafka in the Courts, the Case of Hassan Diab

Join us for an event in Toronto highlighting the injustices in Canada's extradition law.

Kafka in the Court: Hassan Diab v. Canada's Unjust Extradition Law

Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto
When: Thursday, May 19, 7:15 PM

  • Rania Tfaily, sociology professor, Carleton University; wife of Hassan Diab
  • Jessica Orkin, criminal justice lawyer, with an emphasis on constitutional law and human rights; appears before the Supreme Court
  • Matthew Behrens, Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada
  • Toronto Action for Social Change
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams
  • Canadian Arab Federation
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Hassan Diab is a Canadian facing unjust extradition proceedings – which could see him forcibly removed to France - based on deeply flawed “evidence”. He has always maintained his innocence and condemns all ethnically and religiously motivated violence. Canada’s unfair Extradition Law allows Canadians to be shipped to foreign countries based on flimsy, unreliable evidence not accepted in domestic Canadian trials.

In Hassan's case, Canadian Extradition Law has:
  • Allowed deeply flawed handwriting analysis as evidence, despite the Canadian judge finding it "very problematic, very confusing, and with conclusions that are suspect".

  • Allowed the authorities to proceed despite the fact that Hassan's physical description and his finger and palm prints do not match those of the suspect.

  • Allowed the case to go forward despite numerous serious contradictions and misrepresentations, and despite reliance on secret intelligence in the Record of the Case.
We all have a stake in supporting Hassan in his pursuit of justice. Canada’s shockingly low standard for extraditing its citizens is a threat to the principles of fairness and fundamental justice, and could be used against any of us.

For more information about Hassan's case, read the article on

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