B’nai B’rith International praises the Canadian Supreme Court for upholding a lower court’s extradition order to France of suspected terrorist Hassan Diab. Diab is accused of being involved in the 1980 attack on a Paris synagogue as a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that carried it out. Four people were killed and 40 were injured when explosives strapped to the sides of a motorcycle in front of the Copernic Synagogue detonated as service goers filed onto the street.
Diab was arrested in 2008 in Canada at the request of France, and he was committed to extradition by a judge in 2011. After a series of appeals in the Canadian judicial system, Diab will now be surrendered to French authorities in the next 45 days.
B’nai B’rith International has repeatedly called on authorities to track down those responsible for this act of terror. We are pleased that some justice will be carried out in resolving this decades-old case of terrorism.