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Father of Taliban fighter in caged protest (english)
07 Jul 2003
Modified: 02:23:40 PM
Caged statement ... Terry Hicks, father of David Hicks, protests outside the Liberal Party Conference in Adelaide (Australia).

Father of Taliban fighter in caged protest
June 8 2003
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/08/1055010866123.html

Caged statement ... Terry Hicks, father of David Hicks, protests outside the Liberal Party Conference in Adelaide.

The father of Australian Taliban soldier David Hicks today stood in a wire cage outside the Liberal Party's national convention in a desperate plea for action about his son's fate.

Terry Hicks and friends pulled the wire cage, similar to that in which David is being detained at the US military camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the steps of the Adelaide Convention Centre on the final day of the Liberal convention.

Standing in the cage, Terry Hicks criticised the Government for inaction over his son, who has been detained for 510 days without being charged since being captured in Afghanistan in November 2001 fighting for the Taliban.

"We're trying to do something to hopefully make this Government aware there are people around that want to know what the hell is going on," Mr Hicks said.

"It's frustrating when it comes to Government, you're banging your head against a brick wall - no one wants to talk to us.

"This could be going on for another five years."

Mr Hicks said the Federal Government had refused to talk to him or family lawyers about David Hicks.

"They don't want to talk to us, they have washed their hands of it," Mr Hicks said.

"It has got to that stage now where it's embarrassing to both (major political) parties - neither side is game enough to do anything and David is still in limbo.

"The other countries have asked for their people back, what has the Australian government done? Have they asked that question to the Americans, to have him sent back? "He is an Australian citizen.

"The Government is very quick off the mark to give the drug dealers and everyone else to have consular access and lawyers, but when it comes to David's situation, he has nothing.

"The Australian government aren't strong enough to push their point."

Mr Hicks said consular and legal access to his son had been denied and family letters to David were frequently returned unopened or censored.

Mr Hicks said four weeks ago, he received a letter from his son which heightened concern about his mental state.

"The mental side is a bit of a worry at this stage," Mr Hicks said.

"The first six months (of detention) we said 'yes, he's very steady mentally' but as time went on we could tell by his letters that he's more homesick than anything.

"We have eventually got through to David that he has a lawyer who is standing up for him. As far as all the other bits and pieces, they get censored."

Lawyer Stephen Kenny, acting on behalf of David and Mr Hicks, said the Government was guilty of a significant breach of human rights.

"The government ... have not even asked for David to be returned to Australia and that is a great disappointment considering the man has never been charged with any offence," Mr Kenny said at today's protest.

"We have come to them to bring the message that abuses of human rights should not be tolerated."

AAP
See also:
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/08/1055010866123.html
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Your Son Shouldn't Have Been There! (english)
07 Jul 2003
Sounds like his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Or was it like this...The dumb shit was playing Taliban, beating women and praising bin Laden? Who knows?
What I do know is he shouldn't have been in Afganistan when the U.S. Troops attacked. Bad timing!
Oh, well...
How's he like Cuba? Bet, he doesn't like it too much!
And the SS Courts? He won't like them either!
Again...Oh,well...
Not your fault, papa. Your son's fault.