The Federal Government is wasting taxpayers' money in its NSW Supreme Court action to try recovering the proceeds of David Hicks' memoir, the Australian Greens say.
"The Gillard government is creating a smokescreen in its move against Mr Hicks to deflect attention from what the government knew about his torture and detention in Guantanamo Bay and other US facilities," Greens' spokesperson for human rights, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.
"Why is the government standing idle and refusing to investigate what the former Prime Minister, John Howard, and former Attorney General, Philip Ruddock, knew of the treatment of Mr Hicks?
"Mr Hicks has filed a report to the United Nations over his inhumane treatment and the Gillard government was due to respond by May 2011. Instead of doing so, they've asked for an extension until the end of August - at the same time as prosecuting him in court.
"This is making a mockery of the Proceeds of Crime Act because Mr Hicks has not been convicted of any crime under Australian or American law and lives with an illegal conviction obtained under coercion in a military commission."