Accused Paris bomber's hearing suspended
Professor Hassan Diab may be sent to France to face trial for the 1980 synagogue bombing.
17 November 2008
OTTAWA - A bail hearing for Hassan Diab, 54, a Canadian-Lebanese national arrested for his alleged role in a 1980 Paris bombing that killed four, was delayed Friday to allow for preparation of legal arguments.
The next hearing to determine if he should be released or not, awaiting the result of an extradition hearing, will be held at the Ontario Superior Court on 20 November.
"We had very limited time to review the extensive material we were provided for the first time this afternoon, minutes before the hearing began," explained Diab's defense lawyer Rene Duval.
Details of the hearing cannot be reported due to a publication ban ordered by Judge Michel Charbonneau, and a temporary arrest warrant was sealed.
Diab, who was arrested Thursday in a suburb of Canada's capital at the request of French authorities who want him returned to face charges of murder, attempted murder and property destruction, must stay in detention until 20 November.
In October 1980, a bomb planted in a motorcycle saddlebag outside the Copernic Street synagogue in the upscale 16th arrondissement killed three Frenchmen and a young Israeli woman, and injured dozens.
It was the first fatal attack against the French Jewish community since the Nazi occupation of World War II.
French authorities issued a warrant in November 2007 for Diab's arrest, following a lead from German intelligence. But Diab claimed at the time he was a victim of mistaken identity and denied any links to extremist organizations.
[AFP / Expatica]