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March 30th, 2019 by admin

PM won't comment on Mori delay

Mr Howard declined, however, to comment on those reports.

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Major Mori could be removed from the case after threats from the chief US prosecutor, Colonel Morris Davis, to charge him under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Fairfax newspapers report.

It would take months for a new lawyer to get to grips with the case and the new military commission process.

Prime Minister John Howard has told the United States any action leading to further delays would be unacceptable and would prompt him to demand the return of Hicks, 31, after five years in custody in Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Howard said much had happened in the past few weeks.

"I believe that is the direct result of the representations I have made," he said.

Mr Howard said he didn't know what would happen to Major Mori as that was a matter for US authorities.

"I would expect that to be resolved by the Americans and I am not going to offer a comment on that. I have not had any dealings with him," he said.

"I am not going to interfere in anything that is happening in the US except to repeat that we are very angry that it has taken so long," he said.

"I share the views of many Australians that justice delayed is justice denied, and the delay here has been unacceptable and we really require the meticulous travelling of a speedy pathway towards a trial."

Mr Howard said he remained reluctant to see Hicks brought back to Australia without a trial in America.

"But I am very angry that it has taken so long and we are watching it on a daily basis," he said.

The Fairfax newspapers report says that the chief US prosecutor, Colonel Morris Davis, has accused Major Mori of breaching Article 88 of the US military code.

It relates to using contemptuous language towards the president, vice-president, and secretary of defence. Penalties for breaching the code include jail and the loss of employment and entitlements.

Major Mori denied he had done anything improper but said the accusations left him with an inherent conflict of interest.

"It can't help but raise an issue of whether any further representation of David and his wellbeing could be tainted by a concern for my own legal wellbeing," Major Mori told the newspaper. "David Hicks needs counsel who is not tainted by these allegations."

Major Mori, who has been to Australia seven times, will seek legal advice. The issue will also have to be raised with Hicks when his legal team next sees him, the report says.

Colonel Davis said Major Mori was not playing by the rules and criticised his regular trips to Australia. He said he would not tolerate such behaviour from his own prosecutors.

"Certainly, in the US it would not be tolerated having a US marine in uniform actively inserting himself into the political process. It is very disappointing," he told the newspaper. "He doesn't seem to be held to the same standards as his brother officers."