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'Taleban' father in caged protest
Terry Hicks in the wire cage
Terry Hicks wants his son to be returned to Australia
The father of an Australian man accused of fighting for the Taleban has shut himself in a wire cage to protest at his son's detention at a US base.

Terry Hicks was protesting against what he said was the Australian Government's failure to demand the return of his son, David.

Mr Hicks shut himself in the cage outside a convention centre in Adelaide, where Prime Minister John Howard was attending a conference.

According to Mr Hicks, the cage is similar to the one his son is being held in at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where he has been detained without charge since the end of the war in Afghanistan 18 months ago.

The other countries have asked for their people back, what has the Australian government done?
Terry Hicks
Terry Hicks said other countries had asked for their nationals back, but the Australian Government had "washed its hands" of the case.

"It's frustrating when it comes to government, you're banging your head against a brick wall - no one wants to talk to us," he told the Australian Associated Press.

"The government is very quick off the mark to give the drug dealers and everyone else ... consular access and lawyers, but when it comes to David's situation, he has nothing."

The Australian prime minister avoided the protest by entering the conference venue through a side door.

About 660 men from 40 different countries are being held without trial by the US at Guantanamo Bay

The men - suspected of links with al-Qaeda or Afghanistan's former Taleban rulers - are classified by the US as "unlawful combatants" and have no access to lawyers.

Human rights groups have long urged Washington either to charge the Guantanamo detainees with crimes and put them on trial, or let them go.

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