(Greens-Media) Hicks trial disgraceful

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 26/08/2004 - 00:38

Greens call for a fair and democratic trial for Australian detainees in Guantanamo Bay

Willis, Katrina (Sen B. Brown)



Wednesday, 25 August 2004

The Military Commission trying Australian David Hicks in Guantanamo Bay is a disgraceful process lacking domestic or internationally recognised fair process, Greens Senator Bob Brown said in Melbourne today.

"The Military Commission seriously cuts down a defendant's rights and has no appeal to the US or Australian courts. Mr Howard's endorsement is an indicator of how far the Howard government in future might abolish fundamental legal rights," Senator Brown said.

The Greens have consistently put the position that David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib should be repatriated and charged before the Australian courts, a position Senator Brown put to George W. Bush directly in the Australian parliament on 23 October 2003.

"US detainees have been repatriated to the US to face American courts," Senator Brown said.

"Howard has failed to get such repatriation where half a dozen other countries, including Denmark, Spain, France and Britain have succeeded," Senator Brown said.

More information: Katrina Willis 02 6277 3170 or 0419 704 095

Katrina Willis
Office of Senator Bob Brown
Ph: 02 6277 3170
Fax: 02 6277 3185


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