Minister Wilson-Raybould announces details of external review of Hassan Diab extradition

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July 5, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Murray Segal will lead an external review of the extradition of Dr. Hassan Diab.

The Minister has asked for this external review so that a thorough examination of the circumstances of Dr. Diab’s extradition to France can take place. The review will focus on whether the Extradition Act was followed in this case and if there are specific concerns that need to be addressed with regard to our extradition treaty with France.

France sought Dr. Diab’s extradition as a suspect in a 1980 bombing in that country. Following extradition and appeal proceedings in Canada, Dr. Diab was extradited to France in 2014. He was later released from a French prison in January 2018 and he then returned to Canada. 

Mr. Segal is a former Deputy Attorney General for Ontario and is the former Chief Prosecutor for Ontario, with more than 30 years of experience in law and government.

Mr. Segal will be given the tools, access and discretion necessary to conduct a thorough and independent review of the case.

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