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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Carleton hosts panel, documentary screening on Hassan Diab

Upwards of 60 people gathered in a classroom at Carleton on Nov. 11 to watch a screening of the documentary Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story, and participate in a panel discussion about former Carleton professor Hassan Diab’s extradition to France. Diab was extradited in 2014 to face charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and destruction of property with an explosive or incendiary substance, according to a CBC article. The charges stem from a bombing at a synagogue in Paris in 1980, which killed four people. Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer outreach and programming co-ordinator with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at Carleton, said there is a connection between Diab and Carleton students. “This event is our way of […]

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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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