Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hassan Diab: The French connection, Hassan Diab Syracuse Univ. Grad (NY), Canadians Arrest 80s Bombing Suspect, Bill Ayers Your Next.

Hassan Diab: The French connection, France spells out case against Ottawa professor arrested in 1980 blast Kirstin Endemann, The Ottawa Citizen 11/21/2008. French authorities pieced together handwriting samples, police sketches and passport records to build a case against Ottawa Univ professor Hassan Naim Diab for bombing a Paris synagogue in 1980, documents made public.

After receiving assurances from the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DTS) that it had "clear information" Mr. Diab had a major role in the attack, French police reinterviewed witnesses and matched Mr. Diab's handwriting with that of the bomber. They eventually tracked him to Hull, where he was arrested last week at the request of French authorities.

The Lebanese-born Canadian is accused of parking a bomb-laden motorcycle outside the synagogue on Paris' Rue Copernic, killing three Frenchmen and an Israeli woman.

Mr. Diab has denied the allegations through his lawyer, who says he wasn't even in France at the time. Colleagues have expressed disbelief. Until yesterday, the French case against Mr. Diab was in a file sealed from public view, but yesterday the file was opened by order of a Canadian judge.

The case has four main points:
- Mr. Diab resembles police sketches of the bomber;
- His handwriting matches that of the bomber;
- He is identified by intelligence sources and former friends as having been a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine;
- His passport was used to get into France around the time of the 1980 bombing, in suspicious circumstances.

(70's Terrorist Bomber Bill Ayers wife Bernardine Dohrn did time in Federal Prison in the Early 80's because she refused to give a handwriting sample that would have linked her to the 1981 Brinks Robbery and Murder. Dohrn and Ayers escaped conviction on all their admitted terrorist bombings due to the fact the FBI was using warrant less wire taps to catch the scum. )

The declaration outlining the case says investigators worked back from the scene of the crime to find the dealer who sold the bomber the Suzuki motorcycle whose saddlebags would contain the explosives to the Hotel Celtic, where he stayed in Paris, and the prostitute who visited him there. (She apparently didn't offer much information, but did tell police he smoked Marlboro's, pretended to be Greek, was circumcised, looked as though he normally wore glasses, and paid with a hundred-dollar bill.)

Diab was staying under the name Alexander Panadriyu, which police eventually concluded was a false identity.As they closed in, decades after the bombing, French police say they had two experts compare the writing on "Panadriyu's" check-in file with a sample of Mr. Diab's handwriting, gleaned from documents when he was a student at Syracuse University years later.

Bombing suspect's ex-wife questioned his marriage motivation, Terrorist allegations come as complete surprise Cassandra Drudi, The Ottawa CitizenPublished: Sunday, November 23, 2008. The American ex-wife of a man accused in one of Europe's most shocking terrorist incidents suspected their marriage may have been a ploy to get an U.S. green card and was not surprised when she was questioned by authorities about their relationship a few weeks ago. "That was under suspect from the very get-go," said Heather Winne, 35, of Hassan Naim Diab's marriage intentions. A green card, or permanent resident card, gives its bearer official immigration status in the United States.

Ms. Winne and Mr. Diab met in 1993 when he was an adjunct professor at Syracuse University where she was taking sociology classes, Ms. Winne said. They married in 1994 and separated in October 1995, when their daughter was born. The divorce was finalized in 1996. "When my daughter was born things kind of took a turn for the worst," she said. Ms. Winne's daughter, now 13, had been in contact with Mr. Diab over the phone and online until about two weeks before "this whole episode" took place, she said. "Things came out online maybe a week after I was spoken to," Ms. Winne said. "I've followed the story very close, so I'm just waiting to hear the outcome."

One expert said the writing was definitely Mr. Diab's, though he had tried to change it. The other expert said Mr. Diab could have been the writer. Further, French authorities argue, Mr. Diab resembles police sketches based on interviews with witnesses to the attack, merchants who sold goods used in the attack and those who dealt with a man using the Panadriyu passport in Paris.

Three police officers were among those who helped develop sketches of "Panadriyu." They questioned and released a man using that passport in the theft of wire-cutters from a store six days before the Copernic bombing. A man French police identified as an ex-member of the PFLP, Youcef El Khalil, a close university friend of Mr. Diab's, would later tell them he thought the sketches resembled Mr. Diab when they were published in the Paris-Match newspaper three weeks after the attack.

Bill Warner
Private Investigator