6 Feb. 2007

Send Hicks Home

Major Mori writes:
DAVID Hicks' situation can be drawn to a quick and fair close. If the US believes he violated US federal law, then Australia should demand that the US immediately try Hicks in a US federal court. Otherwise, he should be returned home and not subjected to a tribunal system that the US deems insufficiently fair to try its own citizens...

The stated rationale for leaving Hicks at Guantanamo to face trial by military commission has been the need to prosecute him for serious "war crimes". This rationale no longer applies. Indeed, it never did. Hicks desperately wants to return to his family and he is willing to do whatever the Australian Government asks of him on his return.