ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER VIOLENT MUSLIM HIDES BEHIND THE LAWS OF CANADA TO ESCAPE JUSTICE FOR THEIR BARBARIC ACTIVITIES ABROAD…
Diab extradition decision put on hold for a month
Minister wants more time to consider ‘new material’ in case
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will wait another month before deciding whether to extradite former University of Ottawa professor Hassan Diab.
Diab, wanted by France in connection with a 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue, was committed for extradition this past summer by an Ottawa judge.
As in all extraditions involving Canadian citizens, the federal justice minister will decide whether to surrender the Lebanese-born Diab.
Nicholson was to release his decision by the end of February, but Diab’s lawyer Donald Bayne says the minister asked for another month because of “new material and new assessment of the French case” against Diab.
The postponement is by mutual consent.
Diab was arrested at the request of France three years ago during a raid on his apartment by a special RCMP anti-terrorist squad. He spent several months in jail before being released on bail conditions that amount to house arrest.
Diab, claiming mistaken identity, has denied any involvement in the bombing that killed three passersby and injured dozens of others.
The case against the academic hinges on controversial French handwriting evidence that three internationally-recognized forensic handwriting analysts unanimously condemned as deeply flawed.
Justice Robert Maranger said the low legal threshold of Canadian extradition law left him no choice but to commit Diab on the basis of the handwriting evidence, but in comments that surprised many, Maranger added that the French case would likely be too weak to convict Diab if he was tried in Canada.