Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish artillery officer in the French army who was convicted of spying on the basis of false testimony of an anti-Semitic superior officer. The French Army prosecution asserted the right to submit evidence in secret without even revealing it to Dreyfus or permitting any cross-examination of the facts, on grounds of national of national security concerns, as well as hold the trial in secret.
The US military had demanded the very same in the David Hicks case, until the US Supreme Court ruled the ‘military tribunals’ unconstitutional. Hicks remains in legal limbo, with no means available to either try or release him. Hicks has now been imprisoned- without charge- for more than 5 years, much of it in solitary confinement.
Julian Burnside, QC recorded the 2006 J’Accuse! for the Ockham’s Razor program on ABC Radio National, where he explains the terrifying similarities of the Dreyfus Affair to David Hicks’ quagmire. (ABC RN Podcast: Download MP3 | Stream)
Hicks’ American defence attorney, Major Michael Mori, will be appearing this evening, Thursday 24 August 2006, in Adelaide and on Friday 25 August 2006 in Sydney for candlelight vigils and meet & greet. You can also sign a GetUp petition to be presented to Alexander Downer demanding the Australian Government do something to have Hicks released from his own Dreyfus nightmare.
Justice delayed is justice denied. In the 5 years he has been held captive at Guantanamo Bay, Hicks could have been tried, convicted and served his sentence.
David Hicks must be freed now!
5 Comments so far
Leave a comment
Leave a comment