Tuesday, August 23, 2005

this sort of thing sickens me

Just read in The Age online.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee stabbed

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has been stabbed near his Sydney home.

Mr Habib was walking home with his wife Maha at Guildford late on Sunday when he was bashed on the head from behind and stabbed in the stomach, the Seven Network reported tonight.

Mr Habib, who was not seriously injured, believed he was targetted.

Lifting his top to show a 6cm cut over his stomach, Mr Habib said he thought a man had come at him from the front with a knife.

"He tried to stab me so many times and he keep going... he got me in my left side," he told Seven.

Mrs Habib said she believed there were three men dressed in black with hoods covering their heads.

"They said something like 'Ah, that should keep you quiet'. What's meant by that?" she said.

Mr Habib told the network the men could have murdered him but he believed they wanted only to menace him.

"They hit me in my head from the back. If you want to kill me you can hit me from the back with knife, hit me in my kidney with knife and that's it, finish," he said.

Mr Habib, who was detained at the United States' Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba along with fellow Australian David Hicks, was released in January this year after spending more than three years in detention.

He was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001 on suspicion of terrorist activities and claims he was also taken to Egypt and tortured between November 2001 and February 2002.

Without naming Mr Habib, police today released a statement saying they were seeking public help following the stabbing, which happened in the early hours of Monday morning.

They said a 50-year-old man and his wife were walking in a park beside Guildford Road when they were confronted by two or three men wearing hats and hooded jackets.

"The man was allegedly stabbed and hit on the back of the head by the men," the statement said.

"The alleged attackers were last seen by the man and his wife running west into Eve Street.

"The victim's wife contacted police who conducted a lengthy search for the alleged offenders.

"A police dog was also utilised without success."

Three days before the attack, the Daily Telegraph newspaper showed pictures of Mr Habib limbering up for the City to Surf Sydney fun run.

The newspaper said Mr Habib was entering the 14km run while at the same time applying for a disability pension. Radio talkback commentators followed the story up by criticising what they said had been a scam by Mr Habib.

However, Centrelink today confirmed the Habibs had not received a disability pension for seven months.

When asked by the Seven network if he had received a pension, Mr Habib said: "That's not true. It's full of lies. I'm doing the right thing.

"I try to go back to my life and these people doesn't want to leave me alone."


Blogger Brownie said...

His Disability Pension was based on Depression I think. Exercise is recommended as a way to relieve depression.

12:19 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

You couldn't spend all those years locked away without being very damaged. I just wish they would leave the poor bugger alone.

9:56 am  
Blogger Armagnac Esq. said...

Happy birthday rantina, here's your smooch:


11:27 am  

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