Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bombing suspect appears in court

OTTAWA -- Three policemen in heavy security gear flanked Canadian sociology professor Hassan Diab yesterday, as he appeared in an Ottawa court for the first time in connection with charges linking him to the murderous bombing of a French synagogue 30 years ago.

A publication ban was imposed on yesterday's bail hearing, which was ultimately postponed until next Thursday. Until then, he will remain in police custody.

The professor at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University is fighting Canada's effort to extradite him to France, where he faces four murder charges, several counts of attempted murder, and is accused of willful destruction of property by an organized group.

A binder of evidence against Prof. Diab has been sealed from the public. Prof. Diab's lawyer, René Duval, told reporters he agreed to the delay because he had only just obtained the French case against his client at yesterday's hearing.

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