David Hicks is not a sympathetic character. He’s not an
attractive subject for a story. The Government, indeed, doesn’t seem to believe
that he is even entitled to due process.
But how was it that a British paper, The Observer, got the story that the
Australian Guantanamo prisoner may have been dealt a get out of jail card?

“That Hicks has a right to British
nationality was discovered only because his American military defence lawyer,
Major Michael Mori, takes an interest in cricket,” The Observer reports. “On a
visit to his client a few days after England’s
cliff-hanging Ashes victory, he asked him how he felt about his side’s defeat.
‘He told me he’d never felt very partisan about the Ashes,’ Mori said last
week, ‘and wouldn’t much mind if England took the series – because his mum had
never claimed Aussie nationality and still carried a UK passport.’ ”

Is that his final crime?

Peter Fray

Save up to 50% on a year of Crikey.

This extraordinary year is almost at an end. But we know that time waits for no one, and we won’t either. This is the time to get on board with Crikey.

For a limited time only, choose what you pay for a year of Crikey.

Save up to 50% or dig deeper so we can dig deeper.

See you in 2021.

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

SAVE 50%