The aftermath of a 1980 bomb attack, which hit a Paris synagogue on Rue Copernic

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The aftermath of the 1980 assault, which hit a Paris synagogue on Rue Copernic

French authorities have dropped all terrorism prices towards Lebanese-Canadian professor Hassan Diab within the 1980 Paris synagogue bombing.

He was charged with first-degree homicide in connection to the bombing that killed 4 individuals and injured 40.

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

Mr Diab, 64, has at all times maintained his innocence and says he was in Lebanon on the time of the assault.

“Canada welcomes the latest court docket choice to launch Hassan Diab,” stated Brittany Venhola-Fletcher, a spokeswoman for Canada’s division of worldwide affairs.

Ms Venhola-Fletcher was not capable of say when the previous College of Ottawa professor could be returning to Canada.

French judges dominated the proof “was not convincing sufficient” and ordered Mr Diab to be launched on Friday. His extradition to France has triggered numerous individuals to name for an replace to Canada’s extradition act.

French prosecutors say they may enchantment the choice.

Mr Diab has at all times stated that he was in Lebanon on the time of his assault to jot down college exams, and several other witnesses, in addition to college paperwork, again up his declare.

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An artist’s impression of a bombing suspect launched by French police in 1980

French authorities initially charged him primarily based on proof that confirmed he resembled a sketch of the primary suspect, and that his passport confirmed him getting into and leaving Spain across the time of the assault. They believed the suspect escaped by Spain.

That they had additionally claimed Mr Diab, who has taught sociology at two Ottawa universities, was a member of the Well-liked Entrance for the Liberation of Palestine.

He was accused of constructing a bomb and leaving it in a motorbike exterior the Copernic Avenue synagogue in Paris on three October 1980.

France’s CRIF Jewish federation president Francis Kalifat advised the AFP he was “dismayed” by the ruling, which he referred to as an “insult to the reminiscence of the victims” of the assault.