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UK government files appeal against Hicks citizenship ruling

[JURIST] The British government Tuesday filed an anticipated appeal [JURIST report] challenging a recent High Court decision [JURIST report; JURIST document] that Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] is entitled to British citizenship. Hick's lawyers want citizenship for Hicks, whose mother is British, in order to take advantage of the British government's success in urging the US to not put British citizens through the US military commission process. The UK Home Office has said that it accepts Hick's basic entitlement, but says that it can refuse or withdraw citizenship. Hicks has been detained at Guantanamo Bay for nearly four years on charges of conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy. Hick's military trial was postponed last month [JURIST report] by a US district judge until such time as the US Supreme Court rules on the legality of the military tribunals. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has local coverage.

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