Former Carleton professor Hassan Diab to remain jailed in France

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, will remain in French jail to be investigated for terrorism after a judge’s order for his release was overturned for the sixth time. On April 24, one of the French judges investigating the case recommended Diab be released from prison on the grounds there is not enough evidence against him. Despite this, on May 2 it was announced that for the sixth time in two and a half years, the prosecutor had successfully argued against him being released. Diab, who was also a professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in Canada in 2008 in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. He was extradited to France in 2014 but has not […]

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Letter: Despite terrorism, the world is more peaceful than ever before

Born in Israel, last year I looked out from my grandparents’ third floor apartment in a quiet Tel Aviv neighbourhood. I saw the all-too-familiar flashes of light piercing the dark sky. I heard the boom, boom. It’s not only angels who fall from the heavens—flying rockets reach the ground just as easily. I panicked, I was scared, but I turned on the television to hear what the Israeli spokesperson had to say. “Don’t be afraid,” he said in Hebrew with Arabic subtitles. “Explosions only sound like they’re near.” Paris, the city of lights and love, has never been the city of fear. It won’t start now. Because if hate can thrive only on panic, it’s more than simply warming to see […]

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Hassan Diab extradited to France, charged with first-degree murder

Former Carleton sociology professor Hassan Diab was charged with first degree murder in France on Nov. 15 for his alleged connection to a 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. Diab was extradited to France on Nov. 13 following the Supreme Court of Canada’s denial to hear his appeal. He remains in detention in the Paris vicinity, according to a press release by the Hassan Diab Support Committee. French authorities said they believe Diab is one of the suspects of a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing which left four dead and a dozen injured. Diab has denied all allegations against him. Before his suspension in 2008, Diab taught courses in sociology at both Carleton and the University of Ottawa. Evidence against Diab […]

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Former Carleton prof loses appeal

A former Carleton professor is facing extradition to France after an Ontario court of appeal alleged there is enough evidence to make him a suspect in a decades old bombing case, according to a May 15 Ontario Court of Appeal decision. The RCMP first arrested Hassan Diab in 2008 based on French intelligence that alleged he was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and responsible for a 1980 bombing that killed four people and wounded 42. Diab has denied the allegations during the past five-and-a-half years of extradition requests and appeals. In the most recent decision, the court upheld an earlier ruling that would see Diab face terrorism allegations in French courts. “Such a decision means that […]

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Carleton teams with France on aerospace innovation

New aerospace research projects were announced during the two-day France Carleton Aerospace Summit (FRACAS) Feb. 13 and 14. The summit brought together Carleton faculty from the departments of aerospace, electronics, and systems and computer engineering, and researchers from France’s Aerospace Valley and the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers. The collaborations include projects on systems to monitor rotary wing blades and 3D printing. The rotary wing blade project involves embedding sensors in helicopter blades, said Langis Roy, associate dean at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. “All parts of an aircraft structure suffer from the same problem, which is wear and tear, failure, and safety issues,” Roy said. By attaching sensors, readings will be given on the flexibility of […]

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