Canadian citizen and academic Hassan Diab was extradited to France in 2014 in a case widely viewed as a wrongful conviction in the making;
Hassan has been detained since then in France for questioning based on anonymous “intelligence” allegations, possibly gleaned from torture;
Hassan was extradited based solely on a widely discredited handwriting report that the Canadian extradition judge described as “illogical”, “very problematic” and “suspect” and even though Hassan’s fingerprints, palm prints and physical description do not match those of the suspect;
The extradition judge noted that the low threshold for evidence under Canada’s extradition law compelled him to order Hassan’s extradition;
In 2016, a French investigative judge found “consistent evidence” supporting Hassan’s innocence, concluding that he could not have been in Paris at the time of the 1980 bombing for which he is under investigation;
In May and again in October 2016, the French investigative judge ordered Hassan’s release on bail, finding no grounds for his further detention;
The French Court of Appeal overturned the release orders due to the political climate in France. Hassan remains imprisoned in a special segregated unit with only two hours per day out of his cell;
Hassan has been in jail or on electronic monitoring for over eight years; and
Hassan is supported by prominent civil liberties associations, unions, and thousands of Canadians who have called for his return to Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to work towards the immediate granting of bail to Hassan and securing his urgent return to his family and home in Canada.
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