Canadian extradition and secret trials

Canadian extradition and secret trials

Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen who has been fighting extradition to France since 2007. The French prosecutors compiled a case against him based on secret intelligence said to be from German and Israeli sources. It alleges his involvement in a bombing that took place in Paris in 1980. He was arrested in 2008 and released in 2009 on strict bail conditions, including having to wear a self-financed GPS tracking device. The Canadian Extradition Act allows for the requesting country, in this case France, to submit nothing more than a summary of its evidence before sending Canadian citizens to face trial abroad. However, Diab's Record of the Case revealed exonerating and incomplete evidence. After a lengthy and historic legal battle, Diab's case will finally come to a decision in March when an Ontario Superior Court judge will rule whether the evidence presented by France is reliable. This decision could change Canadian extradition law altogether.

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