A federal government department has revealed both Australians being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have raised allegations of abuse with Australian officials.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) says lawyers for the two men have now been given United States clearance to detail the allegations to the Government.
Ian Kemish from DFAT has told a Senate committee, Adelaide man David Hicks raised allegations of mistreatment during a discussion with an ASIO officer last year.
"Hicks made a brief remark during that discussion to the effect that he had been beaten in late-2001," Mr Kemish said.
Mr Kemish says during that time Mr Hicks was in United States custody in Afghanistan and he had never raised the concern before. He says Sydney man Mamdouh Habib told Australian officials his detention was torture.
"He has also complained about being mocked on arrival at Guantanamo Bay," Mr Kemish said.
Mr Kemish says United States authorities denied that claim.
By Just Us 3 June 04
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