The Federal Government is considering if it will take part in a healing ceremony for an Aboriginal man who was repeatedly capsicum sprayed by two police officers in Canberra.
Nyoongah man David Helmhout from Western Australia was sprayed with capsicum foam by two Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers at the Canberra city watch house in 2006.
Both officers were found guilty of criminal charges arising from the incident.
Lawyers for Mr Helmhout are now seeking compensation and want the court, and all parties involved, to participate in a traditional healing ceremony.
They say it would allow the AFP and the Commonwealth to accept responsibility and enable healing for the victim and the wrongdoers.
Today in the ACT Supreme Court, lawyers for the Commonwealth were given more information on the healing ceremony.
The Commonwealth will now consider its position.
Outside court, Mr Helmhout said he was excited by the prospect of having a healing ceremony.
"I won't have that anger in me anymore and I can go forward with life," he said.
His lawyer, Anthony Hopkins, says the process will restore Mr Helmhout's human rights and dignity.
He says if the Commonwealth refuses to participate, the court will consider an application to order it take part.
Lawyer Sam Tierney says such a direction has never been given before in civil action in an Australian court.
"As part of the healing ceremony, the Chief Justice and parties will be invited to participate in this process," he said.
"Our client sees this as an excellent opportunity to bring together Australia's traditional and contemporary legal systems."
The matter is due back in court in August.
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