Hicks’ Adelaide-based lawyer, Stephen Kenny, has said the Australian government must investigate the mistreatment of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay because the US was not interested in doing so.
In the affidavit sealed in August and released by his lawyer this week, Hicks states prisoners have been beaten whilst blindfolded and handcuffed, terrorised by dogs, forced to take drugs and had food withheld by jailers.
“At one point, a group of detainees, including myself, were subjected to being randomly hit over an eight-hour session while handcuffed and blindfolded,” he said.
“I have been struck with hands, fists, and other objects, including rifle butts. I have also been kicked.”
He said he had been offered a prostitute if he would spy on other detainees.
The release of the affidavit comes the same week as the publication of several documents that show FBI agents sent to Guantanamo Bay warned the government of abuse and mistreatment as early as the start of the detention mission.
Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said this week the government has received assurances from the US that torture had not been used on Hicks and fellow Australian terror suspect Mamdouh Habib at Guantanamo Bay.
The US government maintains prisoners are treated according to the Geneva Convention.
US policy condemns and prohibits torture.
“When we have credible allegations of detainee abuse we take those very seriously and investigate them,” Pentagon spokesman Major Michael Shavers said.
But Mr Kenny today said assurances from the US are not enough in light of mounting evidence to the contrary.
“Given the extent of the detail and the consistency of the various reports of ill treatment at Guantanamo Bay, there can be no doubt that these allegations are true,” he said.
He urged the attorney-general to have his department investigate the matter.
“It appears to me the Americans have little interest in investigating these matters because they have been aware of them, and the allegations have been fully detailed to them, for at least six months in David’s case and longer in the case of others.”
Hicks’ Adelaide-based father, Terry, said the affidavit shows the lengths his son was prepared to go to prove his claims of abuse.
“David’s not a liar,” Mr Hicks said.
“It looks like poor old David’s got to go to the extremes now of trying to prove it (the abuse) instead of our government investigating it.”
Hicks, 29, from Adelaide, was one of the first prisoners to arrive at the camp in eastern Cuba in January 2002. He was later joined there by Mamdouh Habib.
He is one of only four terror suspects who have been formally charged among 550 detainees at Guantanamo accused of links to Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban regime or the al-Qaeda terror network.
He is scheduled to be tried in a military commission in March.Categories : 上海性息网