*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
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.
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