No case to answer

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock declares that the Australian Government is pressing the Americans to try David Hicks as soon as possible. The big question is: why haven’t they tried him already? The answer is, of course, as Ruddock and Prime Minister John Howard know perfectly well, the Americans don’t have a case to put to a trial. Even their shonky military legal system needs to have a case to answer, and of course they don’t have one. The humane thing would be to bring David Hicks home. Phylli Ives, Torrens, ACT

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