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Labor wants Hicks to avoid prosecution.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au/ag

29 January 2007 19/2007

LABOR WANTS HICKS TO AVOID PROSECUTION

The Attorney General, Philip Ruddock, said today that Labor had shown it did not see any need for David Hicks to face prosecution.

“Labor has made it clear that David Hicks should be allowed to return to Australia as a free man,’’ Mr Ruddock said in response to a statement by the shadow Attorney-General, Kelvin Thomson.

“The advice from the independent Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is that Mr Hicks could not be prosecuted in Australia.

“Unless Labor is arguing for retrospective criminal offences, no other interpretation is possible.’’

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