"My client maintains his innocence," said Diab’s French lawyer Stéphane Bonifassi after his client was charged on Saturday. “We will continue the fight started in Canada so that his innocence is established."
French anti-terror judge Marc Trevidic, who issued the international warrant for Diab’s alleged involvement in the bombing in Paris’s rue Copernic 34 years ago, charged him and he then appeared before another judge, who remanded him in custody.
Diab lost a six-year battle not to be sent to face trial in France when Canada’s supreme court refused to hear his final plea against extradition.
Saying that the bombing was the first terror attack on Jews since World War II, Roger Cukierman of the Council of Jewish Institutions in France welcomed the prosecution.
“The fact that this act had gone unpunished was very distressing,” he said.