Monday, 18 August 2008

Habib fined $400 for swearing at officer

Former tortured Guantanamo detainee Mamdouh Habib believes he is being targeted by the Government.

Mamdouh Habib has accused the Federal Government of targeting him after he was today fined $400 for swearing at police.

In court today, the magistrate found an altercation with police in May last year was initiated by Mr Habib.

But he maintains it was the other way around, and says he will appeal the conviction.

"[The] Australian Government... they try to convict me, they try to shut me up, they try to put me away from public. They don't want the truth to come out," he said.

Mamdouh Habib says it is hypocritical that a police officer who called him a 'terrorist' in a separate incident only had to provide a written apology.

Quote: Of course it wouldn't be the first time he was targeted by the government.


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.

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.

Australia to sign up to anti-torture treaty
Australian complicity in War Crimes in the Middle East, Torture, Rendition. In Australia Draconian Laws, Indefinite Solitary Confinement of prisoners at places like the HRMU at Goulburn Correctional Centre.

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