Friday, May 05, 2006

Gitmo treatment of Aussie shocks US Army lawyer

"ELEANOR HALL: The US military lawyer for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has hit back at US authorities and denied claims by the head of the US detention centre that his client is arrogant and uncooperative.

"The Colonel in charge of the US facility in Cuba says David Hicks sees himself as different from other detainees and is constantly demanding greater privileges.

"But Major Michael Mori says his client has always been cooperative, and that the accusations are simply an attempt to distract people from Hicks' long solitary confinement.

"This report from Washington Correspondent Michael Rowland.

"MICHAEL ROWLAND: Major Mori, who's just returned from Guantanamo Bay, says he was shocked to see David Hicks had been in the same clothes for three weeks.

"MICHAEL MORI: His clothes were very soiled and smelled very badly. Obviously it concerned me a great deal. He told me hadn't been changed in three weeks, I brought it up with the JTF command, and we got him new, clean clothes. I'm not sure what was going on with that.
The World Today

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