Middle East studies in the News
Ottawa Academic Hassan Diab Fails in Second Paris Bail Bid
by Chris Cobb
Former University of Ottawa professor Hassan Diab, extradited last November to face terrorism charges in France, has lost a second attempt to get bail.
The 60-year-old Diab had his first bail application rejected March 12 on three grounds: That he is a flight risk; that he might collude or contact witnesses and accomplices; that his release would be a risk to public order.
An appeal against that first application was heard Friday.
The former sociology professor is a suspect in the 1980 bombing of a downtown Paris synagogue.
The Paris attack, the first against French Jews since the Second World War, came at the height of terrorist activity by the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — a group to which the Lebanon-born Canadian citizen denies ever belonging.
Diab, who fought a six year legal battle against his extradition, is expected to go on trial in the first half of 2016 at the earliest.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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