Hassan Diab loses Supreme Court bid to halt extradition to France
CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 12:12 PM ET
An Ottawa university instructor has lost his bid to have the Supreme Court hear his appeal on his extradition to France, where he’s a suspect in a deadly bombing.
French authorities allege Hassan Diab was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. They also claim he took part in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue that killed four people and injured more than 40 others.
Diab, a Canadian citizen, has repeatedly denied the allegations. He and his legal team appealed an extradition order over what they describe as crucial questions about the use of untested intelligence in a criminal prosecution.
In arguments filed with the Supreme Court, lawyers for the sociology instructor say France’s reliance on secret information raises fundamental issues of constitutionality and procedural fairness.
But the country’s top court refused Thursday to hear the application and dismissed the appeal without costs. As is usual in applications for leave to appeal, the court did not give reasons for its decision.
The decision means Diab can now be extradited to France.