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UK to appeal Hicks citizenship ruling as Pentagon proceeds with trial preparations

[JURIST] The British government has announced that it will appeal a High Court ruling [JURIST report] earlier this week that found Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive; advocacy website] eligible for British citizenship. Hicks, whose mother is British and who lived in London for a time as a boy, sought British citizenship in hopes that the British government would be willing and able to persuade US authorities to release him from detention like other UK citizens already released [JURIST report]. The appeal has not yet been lodged, but its preparation could take months. The Pentagon meanwhile said Thursday that it was continuing its preparations to resume Hicks' trial on a range of charges [US DOD chargesheet, PDF] despite a stay on the proceeding [JURIST report] pending a US Supreme Court decision in the as-yet-unargued case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld {JURIST report] on the constitutionality of US military tribunals trying Guantanamo detainees. ABC Australia has more.

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