June 6, 2011
French terror suspect Hassan Diab arrives to the Ottawa Courthouse in Ottawa on Monday June 6, 2011. Diab is facing extradition to France in a 30-year-old terrorist bombing case.Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA—A judge has committed an Ottawa sociology professor for extradition to France to face bombing charges.
The decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger means Hassan Diab is a step closer to being tried for murder in the 31-year-old terrorism case.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will have the final say.
French authorities say Diab was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue that killed four people and injured dozens of others.
The RCMP arrested Diab, a Canadian of Lebanese descent, in November 2008 in response to a request by France.
He denies any role in the deadly attack.