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US grasping at straws on Hicks.



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SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT

US Grasping at Straws on Hicks

Senator Siewert, 3rd February 2007

"The US is grasping at straws with the latest charges against David Hicks," said Australian Greens spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"They are clearly struggling to justify incarcerating Hicks for the last 5 years. These trumped up charges against David Hicks are plainly ridiculous."

"The charges are so ludicrous that they will have to be contested, and with challenges to the validity of the new commission clearly inevitable this farce could easily go on for at least another 2-5 years," said Senator Siewert.

"The Prime Minister would be doing the US a favour by bringing Mr Hicks home - saving them the embarrassment of this sham court case," she said.

"These trumped up charges highlight how ridiculous this whole process has been, and will further inflame community feeling over the appalling treatment of an Australian citizen," said Senator Siewert.

"Mr Howard can expect a strong electoral backlash if he fails to act on this injustice and bring David Hicks home," she concluded.

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