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US misleads on terror suspect: lawyer

US President George Bush had misled the Australian public about the capture of one of the two Australian terror suspects held without charge in Guantanamo Bay, a member of the men’s US legal team claimed yesterday. Last week President Bush said that the Australian detainees, Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks, had been “picked up on the battlefield”. But Melbourne lawyer Richard Bourke, who is acting in the US on behalf of detainees imprisoned at the US Navy base on the south-eastern tip of Cuba, said Habib was nowhere near a battlefield when captured. “In fact, Mamdouh Habib was detained before the US invasion of Afghanistan even began. He was picked up hundreds of kilometres inside Pakistan, apparently preparing to return to Australia,” Mr Bourke said. Full Story

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