Government Releases Independent Review of Dr. Hassan Diab Extradition
“I understand Dr. Diab wants answers surrounding his extradition to France and I am concerned about the length of time he spent in detention. I want to thank Mr. Segal for his work and believe his report and recommendations provide a thorough examination of this matter and improvements we can make to the process moving forward. This independent review allows us to learn from this complex case so that we can do better to serve Canadians and work more effectively with our extradition partners.”
“Public servants who are legal counsel for the government carry out their duties based on expertise, values and ethics, and professional obligations and standards. I think it is important to highlight Mr. Segal’s conclusion that throughout this extradition process, departmental employees performed their work with integrity and professionalism.’’
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Following extradition and appeal proceedings in Canada, Dr. Diab was extradited to France in 2014. Dr. Diab returned to Canada in January 2018 after being released from a French prison in January 2018. France had previously sought Dr. Diab’s extradition as a suspect in a 1980 bombing in that country.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General launched the external review on July 5, 2018. Mr. Segal was appointed to independently conduct his review and was provided with the tools, information and access necessary to conduct a thorough review.
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.
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Office of the Minister of Justice
Department of Justice Canada
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