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Australian terror suspect to sue for British citizenship

[JURIST] Australian terror suspect David Hicks [BBC profile; advocacy website] has confirmed his plans to sue the United Kingdom government [JURIST report] over its disinclination to grant him British citizenship. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan four years ago and is accused of fighting with the Taliban against US or coalition forces and for training with al-Qaida. He has been held in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp [JURIST news archive] since his capture and applied for British citizenship [JURIST report] last month. Hicks' interest in becoming a UK citizen stems from the British government's negotiations for the release [JURIST report] of nine UK citizens held in Guantanamo Bay. All nine were released and repatriated to the UK, but it is doubtful that Hicks will follow them since the British Home Office [official website] sent a letter to his lawyers saying his application would most likely not succeed due to "public policy considerations." Hicks will stand trial before a military commission [JURIST report] beginning November 18. From Australia, the Adelaide Advertiser has more.

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