Monday, November 23, 2015

Help Stop A Wrongful Conviction and Tell Hassan Diab’s Story!


Imagine you are arrested in Canada, detained, and extradited to France even though your physical description, finger and palm prints, and handwriting do not match the suspect in a decades-old bombing in Paris. That is the nightmare being lived by Dr. Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen from Ottawa, and his family.

For the past year, Dr. Diab has been detained in the largest prison in Europe and still has not been charged. Under French law, he can be kept significantly longer as the case is investigated. In many ways, this case is a set-up for wrongful conviction based on allegations (not facts) that Canadian judges admitted would never stand up in a Canadian court of law.

As Gerald Caplan writes in The Globe and Mail, in France, Hassan is being subjected to an unjust legal process that is using discredited evidence and unsourced secret intelligence against him.

I have the pleasure of knowing Dr. Diab and his family, and believe him to be both the victim of mistaken identity as well as racial profiling in the so-called war on terror.

While friends and family continue to fight for his freedom, a new film is being made on his case. The goal is to raise $15,000 by December 20, and the campaign is already halfway there. Please donate to the film's crowdfunding campaign and share the page with your friends and networks:

The film will not only help expose the injustice of Hassan Diab's situation, but also wake up Canadians to the dangers that are continually posed by C-51 and the state security agencies who use such legislation to harass, intimidate, and repress targeted communities at home and abroad.

Please donate whatever you can and help end this injustice and reunite this family.


Matthew Behrens
Homes not Bombs

Matthew Behrens is a freelance writer and social justice advocate who coordinates the Homes not Bombs non-violent direct action network.