The damning report detailing the brutal treatment of terrorism suspects by the CIA has started to show its effects it appears.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks heckled Australia’s Federal Attorney General George Brandis as the minister made a statement on the controversial torture program during the Human Rights Award ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday.
“Hey, my name is David Hicks!” the man yelled at Brandis from the back of the room. "I was tortured for five-and-a-half years in Guantanamo Bay in the full knowledge of your party! What do you have to say?"
He later told reporters that Brandis, along with the incumbent Australian government during the time of his detention, was a "coward" for not answering his questions.
David Matthew Hicks is an Australian who was convicted by the U.S. Guantanamo military commission under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, on charges of providing material support for terrorism.
Brandis left the stage as soon after Hicks caused disruption during his speech. He later labeled the heckler a "terrorist", adding he was satisfied by the protection offered to him by the Australian Federal Police during the ceremony.
"There was a random individual, who turned out to be a terrorist, yelling at the side of a room for about three seconds," he said. “There was no point whatsoever in which I felt even remotely threatened. I didn’t regard it [the heckling] as a particularly significant event.”
Since his release from Guantánamo, Hicks has maintained he was forced to make admissions under extreme distress. According to his lawyers, he now plans to challenge his conviction.