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France drops terrorism charges against Canada professor

Sun Online Desk     13th January, 2018 11:52:15 printer

France drops terrorism charges against Canada professor

 

French authorities have dropped all terrorism charges against Lebanese-Canadian professor Hassan Diab in the 1980 Paris synagogue bombing.

 

He was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the bombing that killed four people and injured 40.

 

He was arrested in Canada in 2008 and extradited to France in 2014. He spent three years in prison.

 

Hassan Diab, 64, has always maintained his innocence and says he was in Lebanon at the time of the attack.

 

 

French authorities initially charged him based on evidence that showed he resembled a sketch of the main suspect, and that his passport showed him entering and leaving Spain around the time of the attack. They believed the suspect escaped through Spain.

 

They had also claimed Mr Diab, who has taught sociology at two Ottawa universities, was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

 

He was accused of making a bomb and leaving it in a motorcycle outside the Copernic Street synagogue in Paris on 3 October 1980, reports BBC.


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