Australian detainee seeks British citizenship to secure release from Gitmo

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website], arrested in Afghanistan following the September 11th attacks and facing imminent trial by military commission, is seeking dual citizenship in the UK with the hope that the British government will secure his release from Guantanamo Bay. Unlike Hicks' native Australia, Britain has negotiated the release [JURIST report] of all its citizens detained at the US Naval facility. Lawyers recently discovered that Hicks' mother is a British citizen and under a 2002 citizenship law [UK Home Office backgrounder], children of British mothers are eligible for citizenship. Hicks is scheduled to face a US military trial in October [JURIST report] on terrorism charges including attempted murder and aiding the enemy and the Australian government has welcomed the resumption of Hicks' trial [JURIST report]. AFP has more.



 

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