Canada's Justice Minister has ordered the extradition of an Ottawa professor accused of bombing a French synagogue in 1980. While Professor Hassan Diab maintains it's a case of mistaken identity, he will face a French court that accuses him of carrying out the attack in the name of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The case against the Lebanon-born Diab hinges on two sketches made after the bombing, as well as a disputed handwriting analysis from a hotel registration card linked to the attacker. The bombing was the first terrorist attack in France since World War II, killing four people and wounding several others in and around the synagogue.
Diab has 30 days to appeal the decision by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, which upheld of last year's decision by Judge Robert Maranger. Although Diab was replaced after B'nai Brith Canada raised concerns about his employment around Jewish students, a strong campaign by other professors continues to support him and appeal for his release and reinstatement.