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Hicks lawyers looking to avoid military trial

[JURIST] Despite approval of a military tribunal by the US courts [JURIST report] and Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [JURIST report], lawyers for Australian terror suspect David Hicks [Wikipedia profile, advocacy website] are looking to the US federal courts to get his trial moved to the civilian system. Hicks' US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori, says the US government is "set[ting us] up to fail" by rushing tribunal proceedings, and that it would take several months, not weeks, to prepare Hicks' defense. The Law Council of Australia [official website] has called the military tribunals unfair [press release]. Hicks was captured alongside Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2001 and is being held in Guantanamo. AAP has more [registration required].

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