Thursday, 22 May 2008

Thomas' lawyers fight retrial order

Lawyers for Victorian man, Jack Thomas, are opposing a court order that he be retried on terrorism charges.

Thomas' conviction and two year jail term for terrorist related offences was quashed in 2006.

But the Victorian Court of Appeal has ordered his retrial based on alleged new evidence.

Thomas' lawyers told the Court of Appeal, the retrial should not be allowed to proceed, arguing the evidence from a media interview did not provide fresh leads in the case.

They say ASIO knew of the interview before the trial, and did not pass on the information to Federal Police.


Report describes Habib interrogation
The agent said Mr Habib, a former Sydney taxi driver held at the US military prison at Guantanamo for more than two years, endured two 15-hour interrogation sessions with only a short break in between.

UN Torture Committee Blasts Australia
The Committee against Torture expressed concern about Australia's counter-terrorism laws. The Committee was also concerned that Australians knew about what was happening in Abu Ghraib, but did not act to stop the mistreatment. In a thinly disguised reference to the cases of Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks, the Committee expressed concern that Australia has failed to investigate claims of torture.

Habib mistreated but not in Aussie embassy
There was little doubt that Mamdouh Habib was badly mistreated after he was detained by Pakistani and US authorities in the wake of the September 11 attacks and no doubt whatsoever that he was taken to Egypt against his will, a Federal Court judge has found.

Hicks media gag order ends
As part of the deal, he was also banned from speaking to the media after his release in December 2007.

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