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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7703

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (12:20 PM) —In relation to David Hicks, as I understand it he was apprehended in a conflict zone and was in quite a different situation. I do not think they knocked on the door and arrested him. He was found in a—

Senator Hill —He was captured by the Northern Alliance and handed over to the Americans.

Senator ELLISON —I am reminded by Senator Hill that the Northern Alliance captured him and handed him over to the Americans, and then we were subsequently advised of that. That was through Defence. That is an entirely different situation in relation to what we are dealing with here. I am advised in relation to Mr Habib that, whilst not apprehended in the same circumstances as Mr Hicks, he was found in an area where there had been some conflict, and that the American authorities advised the Australian government.