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Hicks appeal deserves Federal support

Media Release
Penny Wright 2 May 2013

The Australian Greens today called on the Federal Government to support David Hicks's appeal against his US conviction.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said a US Court of Appeals ruling last year showed the original conviction was invalid.

"David Hicks has never had a fair trial in a properly constituted court," Senator Wright said.

"We now know the charge itself was invalid and many in the legal profession believe the coercion and desperation he was experiencing when he made his plea is further grounds for appeal.

"The Howard Government failed to defend David Hicks' rights to a fair process, despite the consistent concerns expressed by bodies like the Law Council of Australia and human rights organisations. 

"It is only fair that the current Australian government now assists him to appeal his wrongful conviction.

 "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."

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