Lin Thorp, MLC Tuesday, 31 October 2006 David Hicks’ Uncertainty Must End Member for Rumney Lin Thorp MLC, today moved a motion urging her colleagues to put pressure on the Howard Government to push for a fair trial for David Hicks. Speaking in the Upper House Ms Thorp said David Hicks had suffered long enough having spent five years held captive at Guantanamo Bay with no end to his incarceration in sight. “Captured in 2001, David Hicks was held without charge for over two years during which time the UK Government insisted its citizens were returned home,” said Ms Thorp. “He has been captive for five years whilst the Howard Government and Attorney General Ruddock in particular have cheered from the sidelines, fully supporting the United States Government’s system of Justice.” Tasmanian Attorney-General Steve Kons wrote to a number of US senators and congressman in September 2006 expressing his concerns over the ability of David Hicks to receive a fair trial. “Like Mr Kons, I have grave concerns that the system of military tribunals may not be just and as such I believe David Hicks should be returned home to Australia. “There is no doubt he has made serious errors of judgement and as a result has found himself imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. “It is time David Hicks’ suffering and that of his family be brought to an end. “John Howard must be a leader for all Australian citizens and insist that at the very least David Hicks should receive a fair trial and not stand alone with the legal and physical might of the US Government aimed squarely at him,” said Ms Thorp.
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