Mamdouh Habib and the socialists


Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib is to stand in next month's NSW election for the seat of Auburn.

Mr Habib will run as an independent, supported by the Auburn Human Rights Group (AHRG).
In a statement issued today, Mr Habib said he would be campaigning for "the right of freedom of expression and in opposition to the anti-terrorist laws, state and federal". "The right to fight racism, the end of scapegoating of Aborigines, Muslims and migrants," Mr Habib said.

"The right to oppose Australia's involvement in Iraq."[Source]

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The Daily Telegraph online can reveal that the former Guantanamo Bay detainee's campaign manager ran as a candidate for the Socialist Alliance party in the 2004 federal election - and plans to do so again in the State poll on March 24.
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