FRENCH COURT ORDERS FREED CANADIAN ACADEMIC TO STAND TRIAL IN DECADES-OLD TERRORISM CASE

Jan 27, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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France’s court of appeal has ordered Hassan Diab to stand trail in connection with a deadly 1980 bombing outside a Paris synagogue —- three years after the Ottawa university lecturer was freed due to lack of evidence.
Diab’s French lawyers say they intend to appeal the decision to France’s Supreme Court.
The 67-year-old Diab was arrested by the Mounties in 2008 and placed under strict bail conditions until he was extradited six years later.
He then spent more than three years in prison in France before the case against him fell apart.
After two French judges ruled the evidence against Diab was not strong enough to take to trial he was released in January 2018.
He was never formally charged.
Since his release, he’s been living with his wife and two children and resumed work as a part-time lecturer. 
Diab is seeking $90-million from the federal government over Canada’s role in is extradition.  
Even the Canadian judge, who ordered his extradition, described the case against him as ”weak,” saying ”the prospects of conviction in the context of a fair trial seem unlikely.”
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