Former Gitmo detainee sues 'racist' Oz police over 'Muslim terrorist' remarks

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 11:10 hrs

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has won the right to make a claim of racial discrimination against the New South Wales Police.

Habib, who spent four years in Guantanamo Bay between 2001 and 2005, has claimed that since his return to Australia police have called him an 'Arab terrorist' and a 'Muslim terrorist'.

He has taken action in the state's Administrative Decisions Tribunal to continue with his complaint after it was rejected by the president of the Anti-Discrimination Board, reports.

Habib, who was born in Egypt, claims there were five incidents of discrimination by police between 2006 and 2011.

He told the tribunal he was treated unfavourably because the NSW Police database has a record of him being a 'terrorist'.

According to the report, Habib also claims two incidents where police refused to charge drivers who collided with his car showed police were discriminating against him because he was Middle Eastern. (ANI)

More from Sify: