Canadian citizen Hassan Diab has been held without charge in pre-trial detention for over 2 ½ years in France. If he was still in Canada, this long pretrial delay would violate standards established by a recent Supreme Court decision (R v Jordan). It’s time for the Canadian government to stand up for the rights of Hassan Diab and secure his release on bail.
Hassan Diab has been in detention since his extradition to France in November 2014 to face charges in connection with a 1980 bombing outside a synagogue in Paris. The Ontario Superior Court judge presiding over the extradition case in 2011 expressed significant reservations about the reliability of the evidence and the prospects for a conviction. Rather than moving the case forward, subsequent investigations in France have only cast further doubt and Hassan Diab has yet to be charged with any crime.