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Greens disappointed by govt’s move against Hicks’ book

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Sarah Hanson-Young 21 Jul 2011

The Australian Greens say they are disappointed by the Federal Government's forthcoming move in the NSW Supreme Court to try recovering the proceeds of the memoir written by South Australian David Hicks.

"The government should not be taking this action against Mr Hicks but instead carry out a full and independent investigation into his torture and detention in Guantanamo Bay and other US facilities," Greens' spokesperson for human rights, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"He 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 which the US President has considered 'fatally flawed'.

"The current Federal Attorney General, Robert McClelland, back in 2003 called for an investigation into Mr Hicks' allegations of torture but has not moved to order one since Labor took power.

Sen. Hanson-Young and fellow Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam and Adam Bandt MP added their names to the Justice Campaign's letter in May demanding an independent investigation into Mr Hicks' torture and conviction.

The Federal government has compensated former detainee Mamdouh Habib and will investigate his illegal imprisonment and torture, but won't investigate Mr Hicks' detention.

"There's a clear double standard here which the government can address by conducting an independent investigation into Mr Hicks' detention," Sen. Hanson-Young said.

"The Australian government should act now to grant Mr Hicks the justice it has denied him for so long."

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