What: Easter Parade to Bring Hassan Home
When: Wednesday March 23, 2016, 11:00 am
Where: Global Affairs Canada, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa (followed by a walk to the French embassy)
Getting there: Take Bus 9 to the Global Affairs Building
In November, 2014, Dr. Hassan Diab was forcibly removed from Canada and imprisoned in France. Hassan is fighting false allegations leveled against him even though his physical description, his palm and hand prints, and his handwriting do not match those of the suspect in a 1980 crime that Dr. Diab has repeatedly denied involvement in, and condemned.
In other words, the French government is holding the wrong man in jail. If Canada had done its due diligence, its courts would have rejected an extradition request for a man who now faces wrongful conviction and possible life in prison based on secret intelligence and discredited handwriting analysis. This nightmare is shared by Dr. Diab’s family in Ottawa.
We are calling on Canada’s new Liberal government to examine the serious deficiencies in the extradition case against Dr. Diab, admit that the decision to extradite Hassan was unjust, and bring Hassan back to his home, family, and community in Ottawa.
Please join us as we present Easter Eggs to Global Affairs, asking them to realize the French case against Dr. Diab is NOT what it was cracked up to be. We ask them to crack open the case and see how hollow it is inside. We will then walk a short distance to the French embassy, urging them to also realize how sweet it would be – especially as they receive our gifts of Chocolate Eggs – to recognize they have the wrong man in custody and send Hassan Diab back home to Canada.
If you cannot make it, please send a note to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Stéphane Dion, urging him to speak with his French counterpart about bringing Hassan home. Mr. Dion can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A sample letter is available at http://www.
For more information:
Hassan Diab Support Committee