FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has been denied help by the federal government in his bid to sue the Egyptian government over his detention and torture even though it has the documents that could clinch the legal case for him.
Mr Habib asked for evidence that could prove he had been held in Egypt after the country's new government claimed he was never there.
''There is no shortage of material in the hands of the Australian government that can prove my presence in Egypt,'' Mr Habib said.
Much of it was with the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the release of some documents would not compromise Australian secrets or national security but it would secure his case, he said.
But the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has declined to help, saying the government ''is unable to provide information additional to that in the report … by the Office of the Inspector General''.
That report by Dr Vivienne Thom, into the actions of Australian government agencies about Mr Habib's arrest and detention overseas has already stated that he had been taken to Egypt.
The report was commissioned by Ms Gillard in December 2010 after Mr Habib made allegations that Australian officials had been present during his torture in Egypt.