Monday, August 22, 2011


AAP From: AAP August 22, 2011 12:00AM
David Hicks

David Hicks is seeking an apology from Australia for upholding and enforcing what he says was an unlawful charge and penalty, as well as compensation. Herald Sun

FORMER Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks is going to the UN in the hope of clearing his name and getting compensation.

Mr Hicks, 35, has made a submission to the UN's Human Rights Committee.

He is seeking an apology from Australia for upholding and enforcing what he says was an unlawful charge and penalty, as well as compensation.

Authored by humanitarian lawyer Ben Saul on Hicks' behalf, the submission calls for Australia to "request the US authorities to formally overturn Mr Hicks' conviction under US law and to nullify the plea agreement".

It also asks for the Federal Government to begin an independent investigation "into allegations that David Hicks was tortured or subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in US custody".

The submission also states Australia had breached several its human rights obligations to Mr Hicks through its complicity with US authorities and support for the military commission process.

Mr Hicks' former lawyer Stephen Kenny said the submission to the UN was made public this weekend but sent out months ago.

"(What comes next is) the Australian government would be required to file an answering submission to it," Mr Kenny said last night.

"They have to respond and it may take some time.

"I think what he's trying to do is show that in fact his incarceration and treatment in Guantanamo Bay was against principles of international law and that his conviction was without any merit at all."

Adelaide-born Mr Hicks was 26 when he was captured by the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in late 2001. It believed he was fighting for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

Mr Hicks was held in the US-run jail in Cuba until 2007, when he pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism -AFTER YEARS OF TORTURE AT GUANTANAMO INCLUDING POSSIBLE WATER BOARD TORTURE WHICH SIMULATES DROWNING- and was sent to Adelaide's Yatala Prison to serve the rest of his seven-year sentence. He was released under a control order later that year.

The 107-page document says Mr Hicks was beaten, sexual abused and drugged, and that he was convicted on a statement of facts for which he never received any evidence.

Mr Saul said Australian officials "knew or should reasonably have known" of his client's mistreatment while in US custody and had "encouraged and supported it" by failing to investigate his credible allegations of torture.

The submission also calls on the government to abandon its Australian court case against Mr Hicks over the proceeds from his tell-all memoir Guantanamo: My Journey.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions wants to seize/STEAL the money as the profits of crime. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE SO-CALLED CONFESSION TO ANY CRIME WAS OBTAINED WITH PROLONGED VIOLENCE AND TORTURE.

The book sold about 30,000 copies and is believed to have generated about $10,000 for Mr Hicks.

1 comment:

  1. good on him how dare they abuse him and take so many years of his life.. but they do it to their own children they don't care two hoots but that is all changing we are going to turn the tide..