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article imageFrance seeks Canadian for decades old synagogue bombing

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 2, 2014 in Crime
The case of Canadian sociology Professor Hassan Diab may be going to the Supreme Court of Canada. Diab and his lawyers are asking the court to hear his appeal and halt his extradition to France on terrorism charges.
Prof. Diab, who is a contract instructor at both the University of Ottawa and at Carleton University, has denied any connection to terrorism and denied that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of the Union Libérale Israélite de France synagogue in Paris. The bombing killed four people crossing the street near the synagogue and wounded some 40 others.
The sociology professor claims it is a case of mistaken identity and maintains that at the time of the bombing in October of 1980 he was studying at a university in Lebanon, his home country. The bomb that detonated was in the saddlebag of a motorcycle and France has accused Diab of being the one who parked the bike outside the synagogue.
The RCMP arrested Prof. Diab on a provisional extradition warrant in 2008. Since then he and his lawyers have been fighting the extradition order, signed by former-justice minister Rob Nicholson in the Spring of 2012. The Ontario Superior Court had ruled in 2011 that he be committed to extradition.
The fight to halt his extradition is based upon what the professor, who is 60, and his lawyers say is an unconstitutional order as France is using secret information and that raises questions of fairness and constitutionality. In the petition asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear his appeal, Prof. Diab is also contenting that the information France is using is flimsy.
The government responded by saying that his case “raises no issue of public importance” in Canada and asking the Supreme Court to reject Prof. Diab's appeal.
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