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Canadian Police arrest 'Paris bomber'
rahul | November 14, 2008 at 07:36 amby
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Canadian police have arrested a suspect for involvement in the 1980 bombing outside of a Paris synagogue that claimed four people. Canadian Justice Department spokesman Christian Girouard confirmed the arrest of prime suspect Hassan Diab on Thursday. Diab was detained in Quebec on a provisional extradition warrant at the request of the French authorities, who have been seeking his arrest for years. Candian-Lebanese Diab, a part-time sociology instructor at the University of Ottawa, says he is a victim of mistaken identity, denying any links to extremist organizations. Michele Alliot-Marie, France's Interior Minister, hailed the arrest, saying both sides has shown “excellent cooperation''. Paris' Copernic Street synagogue was target by a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle saddlebag in October 1980. Diab's lawyer Rene Duval argued Thursday that Diab had been studying in Beirut at the time of the Copernic Street bombing, and had initially spent a few years in the US for his doctorate. Duval said the forgotten case had remained unsolved despite "several inquests". "Then all of a sudden, (French President Nicolas) Sarkozy is elected and there's a leak in the French press and the case takes a new turn in Canada," he told AFP. ZHD/DT. Original source at PressTV