posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 12:58 AM
The Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has arrvied back in Australia being detained for three years. Habib's release was announced
nearly three weeks ago. His release was not confirmed by neither the Australian Government or the US until Mr. Habib had landed on Australian soil. Mr
Habib arrived back at Sydney at 4:00pm AEST. Despite his release, Mr. Habib will be monitored round the clock by both police and ASIO.
The former Guantanamo Bay arrived in Sydney about 4:00pm (AEDT) today, ending more than three years of detention in the US as a terror suspect.
Mr Habib, released by the US from the base in Cuba without being charged, stepped off a large private jet at the Sydney Airport jet base about half an
hour after the jet – marked only with a US flag – had landed.
Mr Habib was detained in Afghanistan in October 2001 and sent to Egypt before being flown to Guantanamo Bay in 2002.
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It's about time they released him. The US didn't have any solid evidence against him. And seeing the only evidence they had was a "confession"
you could easily tell it was not the most solid evidence.
There are a number of things that went wrong with this case, bad evidence, torture, unlawful detainment etc. but I believe the worst thing about it is
that the Australian Government did nothing at all to secure the release of Habib. They just sat around and said that "Australia does not have the
laws to prosecute Mr. Habib so we're letting US do it." I think it's a kick in the face for him not to receive even an apology from the Australian
Government, but you cannot expect much after watching the Aust. Government sitting back doing absolutely nothing for Mr. Habib, even while the UK,
being the United States biggest ally, successfully and continually requesting the release of UK nationals from Guantanamo Bay.
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