Diab supporters slam extradition order 0
Hassan Diab leaves his extradition hearing at the Ottawa Courthouse Monday, November 8, 2010. An Ottawa judge ruled Monday that Diab, a suspect in a bombing that killed four people outside a Paris synagogue in 1980, should be extradited to France. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)
Supporters of an Ottawa professor accused in a fatal Paris bombing say the federal government has no right to extradite him to France if it's only to be questioned and not to stand trial.
They were reacting Friday to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson's decision Thursday to send Hassan Diab back to France.
Donald Pratt, a member of the Hassan Diab Support Committee, said under Canadian extradition law, someone can only be extradited if there's a trial set up in advance.
He said through talks with French authorities, it came to light France may only want to question Diab before deciding on a trial.
Pratt said Nicholson, who gave the surrender order, is dismissing this as a "technicality."
Diab is accused of rigging a motorcycle to blow up outside a Paris synagogue, killing four and injuring more than 40 others in 1980.
He added if Diab were to be extradited, he'd immediately be in custody and detained during the lengthy pre-trial preparations.
Diab is currently under house arrest in Ottawa.
An appeal is already underway in Ontario and Pratt said if that fails, they can still appeal the decision with the Supreme Court of Canada.
Diab's lawyer Donald Bayne will be appealing both the Superior Court's decision and the justice minister's surrender order.
Diab's supporters said they'll likely hold a press conference late next week to raise public awareness.