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Howard must act on Hicks abuse claims - Brown.

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Senator Bob Brown

Senator for Tasmania

Howard must act on Hicks abuse claims - Brown

1st Sep 04

Prime Minister John Howard must establish an independent Australian inquiry into the corroborated claim by David Hicks that he was unmercifully beaten by American interrogators in Afghanistan, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"It is intolerable for this great nation to have a citizen tortured by foreign troops with no real government response," Senator Brown said.

"We have a friendly relationship with the US, but are not a client state - the Americans would be up in arms if the roles were reversed here."

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