Friday, December 10, 2004

Hicks alleges Guantanamo abuse: report

Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has reportedly claimed that prisoners at the US run prison camp have been beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed, terrorised by attack dogs, and forced to take drugs.

Hicks's American attorneys have today released an affidavit, which was sealed in August. Hicks is quoted in the affidavit as saying that a group of prisoners, including himself, were subjected to random beatings over an eight-hour session, whilst handcuffed and blindfolded.

He says he had been kicked and struck with hands, fists and other objects, including rifle butts.

Hicks's Adelaide-based father Terry says he expects the Federal Government to dismiss his son's latest prisoner abuse claims.

Mr Hicks says the affidavit confirms what his son told him about abuse when they met last August.

"It's what we've been telling the Government here for the last two and a half years, that these abuses were happening," he said.

"Now David's done an affidavit to confirm it but I suppose once again the Howard Government will say 'David's a liar and the Americans don't do that sort of thing'."

By Kangaroo Caught 10 December 04


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