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Probe report on Hassan Diab’s extradition to France to be released this week

The Division of Justice will this week launch the findings of an exterior probe into Hassan Diab’s extradition to France following allegations of involvement in a 1980 bombing outdoors a Paris synagogue, sources acquainted with the division’s plans inform CBC Information.

A division spokesperson would not verify the data, however a number of sources briefed on the division’s plans say the assessment will probably be made public Friday.

Diab, a 65-year-old Ottawa college lecturer, was accused by French authorities of involvement in a 1980 terrorist assault which killed 4 individuals and injured greater than 40.

He has persistently maintained his innocence. He was launched in January 2018 after two French judges dominated the proof in opposition to him wasn’t sturdy sufficient to take to trial. He was by no means formally charged.

Diab was arrested by the RCMP in November 2008 and positioned underneath strict bail situations till he was extradited to France in 2014. Diab spent greater than three years in jail in France earlier than the case in opposition to him collapsed.

Whereas she was justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould tasked the previous deputy lawyer normal of Ontario, Murray Segal, with conducting an exterior assessment of Diab’s extradition.

Justice Minister David Lametti obtained the report practically two months in the past however the findings nonetheless haven’t been shared with Diab or anybody outdoors of presidency.

‘I anticipated higher than this’

Diab and his supporters have been agitating for the speedy public launch of the report with out redactions.

“I am terribly disappointed by the lack of transparency and the extensive delays in making the external review report public,” Diab informed CBC Information final week. “I expected better than this from Minister Lametti and the Liberal government.”

Lametti’s division informed CBC Information final week that the report was within the ultimate levels of translation and can be launched “shortly.”

Diab boycotted Segal’s assessment. He argued that it fell wanting his demand for a judge-led public inquiry with full subpoena energy, which might have allowed Diab’s lawyer Donald Bayne to cross-examine witnesses.

Teams resembling Amnesty Worldwide and the B.C. Civil Liberties Affiliation have been urgent for a public inquiry into Diab’s case, as have a rising variety of labour teams such because the Canadian Union of Public Workers and the Canadian Affiliation of College Academics.

Diab himself appealed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “put an end to this foot-dragging that is prolonging my suffering and that of my family, and to order a public and independent inquiry.”

Diab remains to be ready for the French Courtroom of Attraction to ship a ruling on whether or not the court docket would uphold the choice that noticed him launched from jail.

That court docket was supposed to carry a listening to in October of final yr; no listening to came about.

If France wins its attraction, it might search to extradite Diab a second time, or to attempt him in absentia.

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