*Hicks lawyer praises Guantanamo decision*




Major Michael Mori


ListMail: ABC News
Tuesday June 29, 2004

The lawyer for an Australian man detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base welcomed a US Supreme Court ruling permitting  judicial appeals from foreign detainees held as enemy combatants.

US Marine Corps defence counsel Major Michael Mori said the ruling meant he was "another step closer to getting David Hicks out of there".

Maj Mori has said in the past that his client has been denied "fundamental" privileges given to civilians or soldiers facing court-martial.

In a letter, Hicks's father Terry called Monday's ruling "a great day for justice, one we did not think could be obtained".

Hicks, who comes from Adelaide, is one of two Australians being held at Guantanamo, along with Sydney man Mamdouh Habib.

The US Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision on Monday that the "United States' courts have jurisdiction to consider challenges to the legality of the decision of foreign nationals captured abroad in connection with hostilities and incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay".

The case, involving about 600 detainees from 42 countries at Guantanamo, was one of two landmark decisions handed down by the court in the controversy over tactics used by US authorities since launching the 'war on terror' after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The United States government has charged Hicks with conspiracy to commit war crimes, attempted murder and aiding the enemy.

Virtually all the other detainees have been held without charge and access to court.

According to the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a New York-based interest group which has taken up the case of Guantanamo detainees, Hicks has spent several months of his confinement in solitary confinement awaiting charges.

-- AFP



Fredrick Töben comments: My thoughts are also with Mamdouh Habib and his family. It is hoped he, too, will also safely return to them in Australia.

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