Guantanamo prisoner seeks UK citizenship, asylum
Monday, September 26, 2005
Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has made application to gain British . All nine British citizens that had previously been held in Guantanamo Bay have been released following lobbying by the British government.
The decision to make an application was made after Hicks made a chance comment about his mother's British citizenship when talking about the recentcricket series with his lawyer .
The ABC reported that a spokesperson from the British High Commission inhas said that the application could take up to a year to process.
The Law Council of Australia issued a press release on September 21, 2005 asserting that if the proposed military trial of David Hicks goes ahead in its current format then it is shaping up to be a "true travesty of justice".
David Hicks has been held without trial for nearly four years and for much of that time he was held without any charges having been made. He is currently scheduled to face a military commission and is the only Guantanamo Bay detainee facing a commission hearing.
- "Hicks seeks UK passport in freedom bid" — , September 25, 2005
- "Hicks lawyer welcomes UK passport bid" — , September 25, 2005
- "Military Trial of David Hicks Shaping Up To Be a True Travesty of Justice" — , September 21, 2005