After 10 years, Hassan Diab is finally free
Publisher: Independant Jewish Voices Canada
Date Written: 01/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21994
Hassan Diab is freed by French authorities after what was deemed a bungled case and rush to judgment, one which zeroed in on Diab with unjust finger-pointing from B'nai Brith.
Lebanese-born Canadian Hassan Diab was a marked man ever since once he was named as France's only suspect in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue that killed four people and injured 40. Since 1999, French police had set their sights on Hassan Diab whom they believed was a terrorist involved with a Palestinian group, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). But the French police could not clearly prove this. They said Diab's was the same handwriting as the bomber's and that an identikit photo proved it was Diab. However handwriting experts confirmed that Diabs handwriting did not match the five handwritten words on a hotel registration card thought to belong to the bomber. Though a woman in Paris identified the attacker as between 40 and 45 years of age, Diab was only 26 at the time, a student writing exams in his university in Beirut. His presence at the university was corroborated by affidavits from other students and from documents sent by the university. The fingerprints and palm print on evidence found by the French police were not the same as Diab's.