The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Joint Media Release
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, and the Attorney-General,
23 May 2002
David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib Treated Well
Last week Australian officials visited Australian detainees at
the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay.
The purpose of the visit was to advance the Australian investigation
into the activities of both men.
The investigation team has confirmed that both men are being detained
in safe and humane conditions. Detainees receive full medical examinations
on arrival and have access to medical treatment on request. They
receive culturally appropriate meals and are permitted to observe
religious practices. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
has contacted the men's families about their wellbeing and has passed
on letters from both men.
The Government will not be releasing details of the interviews
for legal and privacy reasons, and in light of the fact that law
enforcement and security investigations are ongoing.
Inquiries: Chris Kenny (Mr Downer) (02) 6277 7500 /
Carina Tan-Van Baren (Mr Williams) (02) 6277 7300
Tuesday, 07-Jan-2014 10:29:49 EST
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