Reaction to Report on Hassan Diab’s Extradition Case

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Reaction to Report on Hassan Diab’s Extradition Case

Hassan Diab holds a news conference on Parliament Hill to comment on the findings of a report into his extradition to France. The report found that the Canadian government acted properly in the matter. The Canadian university professor was extradited to France in 2014 over his alleged involvement in a deadly 1980 Paris bombing. In January 2018, he was released from a French prison after judges dismissed all charges against him. The French Court of Appeal was expected to rule last October on whether it would uphold the decision, but it delayed its ruling and is still reviewing his case.

The external report was conducted by former Ontario deputy attorney general Murray Segal, who was asked by then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in July 2018 to review the case. Justice Minister David Lametti received the report in May, but it is only being publicly released today.

Donald Bayne (Diab’s lawyer in Canada), Justin Mohammed (human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International Canada), and Roger Clark (spokesperson for the Hassan Diab Support Committee) also speak with reporters. (July 26, 2019) (no interpretation)