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Government has moral and legal obligation to conduct Hicks inquiry

Media Release
Penny Wright 17 Oct 2012

The Australian Government has a moral and legal obligation to conduct a full inquiry into Australia's role in David Hicks' treatment and detention, given the ruling of a US appeals court that the charge he was convicted of cannot be applied retrospectively, the Australian Greens said today.

 "This confirms what many people, including the Australian Greens, have always maintained - that David Hicks' conviction was illegitimate and invalid," Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said.

 "Now that a US court has ruled that the charge he was convicted of is unlawful, the Government cannot continue to sweep this under the carpet and hope it will go away.  The government must understand that this simply will not go away until the injustice to David Hicks has been addressed and we understand how it occurred.

 "The Attorney General has a moral and legal obligation to announce a full inquiry into this case.

 "This is about more than David Hicks. It is about every Australian government's role in upholding the rule of law and protecting the fundamental democratic and legal rights of its citizens.

 "I am glad for David Hicks that he will now have a chance to have his name cleared. But we also need to ensure that this never happens again, to any Australian citizen, and to realise this, nothing short of a full inquiry will do."

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