- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

OTTAWA (AP) - A Canadian man on Tuesday won his bid to be freed on bail while facing possible extradition to France in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing that killed four people.

Hassan Diab, who denies allegations he was involved in the attack, was arrested Nov. 13 at the request of French authorities.

Prosecutors argued he should remain in custody because he presented a flight risk. But Justice Robert Maranger of Ontario Superior Court ruled that Diab could be released while he awaits an extradition hearing.

The judge imposed strict conditions, including that Diab, 55, wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. Diab’s wife pledged to guarantee his conduct and posted bonds totaling 290,000 Canadian dollars, about $230,000.

The Lebanese-born Canadian citizen, who worked as a part-time university sociology instructor in Ottawa in recent years, is expected to be released Thursday.



He is wanted by French authorities on charges of murder, attempted murder and destruction of property in the Oct. 3, 1980, bombing. The bomb hidden in the saddlebags of a parked motorcycle exploded outside the synagogue during a Sabbath service, killing three French men and one Israeli woman.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-Special Operations was blamed at the time. The investigation was reopened after Diab’s name turned up on a list of former members of a Palestinian extremist group obtained by German intelligence officials.

Court documents include a report from France’s intelligence agency that names Diab as a member of the extremist group and indicates the group was involved in a 1981 bombing near a synagogue in Belgium.

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