Issued by Justice for Hicks & Habib - August 5, 2005
David Hicks, the Australian imprisoned at the US Base of Guantanamo Bay,
will be 30 years old this coming Monday August 7, 2005.
Justice for Hicks and Habib campaigner, Marlene Obeid, said: ‘David has
been imprisoned and tortured for 3 years and 9 months now. Another birthday
in the hellhole of Guantanamo – nothing to be happy about.’
Mr Hicks’ Australian solicitor, David McLeod, found in a recent visit to
the US Base that his client is losing his eyesight, has severe back
problems, and his mental condition is rapidly deteriorating.
The British Government successfully negotiated the release of nine Britons
held imprisoned at Guantanamo. Five were released in March 2004, while the
last four were released in January 2005. None of these were charged in
spite of US Military officials alleging that four of them were trained and
involved in military activities in Afghanistan.
A US citizen, Yaser Esam Hamdi, who was captured in similar circumstances
to David Hicks was freed in September 2004 after two and a half years
imprisoned, and agreeing to renounce to his US citizenship and renouncing
‘It is time for the Australian Government to request David Hicks’
repatriation, before it is too late,’ Mrs Obeid added.
For further information contact Marlene Obeid on 0401 758 871