Monday, September 26, 2016

Documentary Preview - The Hassan Diab Story - Fri Sep 30, 7pm, Toronto

“Recipe for a wrongful conviction: The extradition of an innocent man – Hassan Diab”

Don't miss a preview of the short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab, “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”.

What: Preview of “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”, a short documentary on Dr. Hassan Diab Trailer
Place: Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, 612 Markham Street, Toronto Map
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6.45 pm)
Admission: Free

Guest Speakers:
  • Amar Wala, award-winning filmmaker and director of “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”
  • Barbara Jackman, renowned human rights lawyer

Please come out, watch the short documentary, and hear our guest speakers talk about Canada's Extradition Law and its unjust consequences for Hassan. Q&A will follow.

There will be refreshments, plenty of yummy finger foods, music, raffle items, and more!

The venue is accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms are not accessible.

Sponsored by:
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1281
  • Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
  • Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Independent Jewish Voices - Toronto
  • Peace and Social Concerns – Ottawa Quakers
  • Toronto Action for Social Change (TASC)
  • United Jewish People's Order (UJPO)

Please distribute widely!

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Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and Carleton University professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, in connection with the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing in Paris.

The Canadian extradition judge described the evidence that the French authorities submitted as “very problematic” and “suspect”, and stated that “the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely”. However, the judge said that he felt obliged under Canada’s extradition law to commit Hassan to extradition.

Hassan has strongly condemned the attack and steadfastly maintained his innocence. He has been in prison near Paris for almost two years.

Mr. Don Bayne, Hassan’s lawyer in Canada, has stated: “We now have the classic recipe for the wrongful conviction of a Canadian citizen”.

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Some links of interest:

“Jewish Law and Our Most Cherished Traditions Require Justice for Hassan Diab”, by: David Mivasair, July 5, 2016

“Canada must demand fair investigation by France in case of Hassan Diab”, by Gerald Caplan, Globe and Mail, November 9, 2015

“Civil society must prevent Hassan Diab's wrongful conviction”, by Tyler Levitan, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, May 27, 2015

“Canada's extradition law: A legal conundrum”, by Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen, November 14, 2014

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Hassan Diab Support Committee
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