Ottawa professor Hassan Diab must stand trial in Paris bombing: French court

A French court says Ottawa professor Hassan Diab, who was extradited and held in a French prison for years before charges were dropped, must stand trial.

OTTAWA — A French court has upheld a decision directing Ottawa sociology professor Hassan Diab to stand trial in the decades-old bombing of a Paris synagogue.

The Court of Cassation, the highest court in the French judiciary, delivered the ruling today.

Diab's lawyer, Donald Bayne, calls the ruling inexplicable and says he is considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Born in Lebanon, Diab became a Canadian citizen in 1993, working in Ottawa as a university teacher.

The RCMP arrested him in November 2008 in response to a request by France.

French authorities suspected Diab was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue that killed four people and injured dozens of others, an accusation he has always denied.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 19, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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