January 25, 2005

Habib the unproven criminal

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:14 am by thelawthoughts

SMH reports here that Habib won’t be able to sell his detention story to the media, under legislation designed to seize the assets of criminals. Probably a good piece of legislation – I must confess to not having read it myself. My immediate reaction to this was – he is not a criminal.

Why was Habib released? Because there was not a skerrick of evidence to show he did anything criminal. If he is a terrorist, I hope they charge him and punish him accordingly, because we cannot allow terrorism to prosper. However, he has not been shown to have done anything wrong.

The government can’t say – ‘Look, we can’t even think what to charge you with, unlike that Mr. Hicks – we at least could make something up in his case. So, we are going to let you out – but don’t sell the story because you are a criminal and we are allowed to seize the assets of criminals’. Does that seem a bit ridiculous?

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