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freedomfiles - February 22, 2007 12:09 AM (GMT)
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Hicks to 'keep rotting'
Gerard McManus
February 22, 2007 12:00am,2...235-662,00.html

DAVID Hicks could rot in jail for two more years, his Australian lawyer said yesterday.

David McLeod said a US Court of Appeals ruling that non-US enemy combatants including Hicks had no right to challenge their detention in the US court system would itself be challenged in the US Supreme Court.

"David Hicks, whether he likes it or not, is going to be swept up in this dual process," Mr McLeod said.

"He'll be there rotting . . . this will probably then drag for a couple of years."

Hicks's father, Terry, also thinks the latest court ruling could mean more delays.

"This will probably then drag for a couple of years," he said.

But Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer urged Hicks' team to end the delays and face the charges in a military trial at Guantanamo Bay.

"If you want David Hicks out of Guantanamo Bay, the way to get him out is for him to face his trial," Mr Downer said.

Labor's Attorney-General spokesman Kelvin Thomson said the legal process was fundamentally unjust and it was inevitable that lawyers would appeal the decision.

"For as long as the US, with the Howard Government's blessing, insists on trying David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay, then challenges to the fairness of the trial, and therefore delays, are inevitable," Mr Thomson said.

"Prime Minister Howard should pick up the phone and ask for David Hicks to be sent home to face justice in Australia."

US President George Bush has promised Mr Howard the Hicks case would be "first in line" when the military trials start at Guantanamo Bay.

But the latest legal stoush may force the Howard Government to look for other options for keeping Hicks until his trial.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has hinted that the Government is looking at "all options" to end Hicks' period in jail without trial.

Hicks has been notified of charges of attempted murder and providing material support for terrorism.

Once the charges are formally laid, there is a 120-day deadline for the military commission hearings to begin.

Hicks has been held without trial at the US base in Cuba since the beginning of 2002.

See also :

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Pressure too great for Hicks to remain January 14, 2007
Free David Hicks, demands Bono November 8, 2006
Let's Bring David Hicks Home November 12, 2005
Guantanamo Bay detainee’s family speaks with WSWS October 8, 2003
Families of Guantanamo Bay detainees address public forum in Sydney[/url September 23, 2003
[URL=]Australian detainee David Hicks abandoned by Howard government
February 8, 2002

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Amnesty International: David Hicks

The Antagonist - February 22, 2007 10:57 AM (GMT)
Mask of Anarchy has a fair bit of coverage about David Hicks.

freedomfiles - February 22, 2007 02:33 PM (GMT)
Some online initiatives in Australia for David Hicks :

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How can you lock someone up for four and a half years and not bring that person to trial? You are simply stealing their life.

Our purpose in posting this song for free download is to re-ignite the debate about the plight of David Hicks, who along with other ‘Illegal Combatants’ has been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for four and a half years and has yet to receive a fair trial.

It is to Australia’s extreme and continuing shame that this man continues to languish in prison when other countries such as the UK have acted to remove their citizens from this unlawful detention. The Australian government must act to pressure their American allies to give this man a fair trial immediately or repatriate him back to Australia.

We have no connection with David Hicks, his family or any other organisation. We make no claim as to his innocence or guilt. We simply demand that this man be given a fair trial and be either convicted or released.

There is no other agenda here, no pre-release marketing ploy by a record company or band. The song will not be for sale anywhere and the STOLEN YEARS performers wish to remain anonymous. We seek no kudos for ourselves - our sole purpose here is to focus attention on the continued imprisonment of David Hicks by a foreign government in a jail beyond the jurisdiction of any democratic justice system.


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Fair Go for David Hicks

Fair Go for David seeks that:

*  David Hicks be treated in accordance with the Geneva Conventions
*  The law of Habeas Corpus be applied to David Hicks
*  David Hicks be repatriated to Australia and given a fair civil trial, if charged with any crime/s
*  Other Australians in a similar situation to David Hicks be entitled to the same rights

"David Hicks has committed, it seems, thought crime against the United States and is being detained and tormented by people unaware of his rights. It's unlikely they know this, and they should be told."

Bob Ellis
(Australian writer - quoted during Writers'  Week, Adelaide Festival of Arts, March 2002 )


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Bridget - February 26, 2007 01:08 PM (GMT)
Chain up Cheney! Bring Hicks home!
Sydney anti-war marchers defy police ban and reclaim the streets

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Words and pictures by Gavin Gatenby

Thursday 22 February 2007

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This evening 1500 anti-war demonstrators overcame a strong police presence and, after a half-hour confrontation with the NSW riot squad and mounted police marched to the US Consulate to protest against US Vice-President Dick Cheney's visit to Australia and the five-year imprisonment of David Hicks in Guantanamo Bay.

An unexpected last-minute ban by NSW Police (no doubt at the instigation of the NSW Labor Government) turned what would have been a routine demonstration into a major test of the right to march.

The demonstrators prevailed after hundreds filtered through the police cordon around Town Hall Square. The remaining demonstrators bottled up in the square then voted to disperse and move in small groups to the US Consulate in Martin Place. Faced with the impossibility pursuing hundreds of small groups of demonstrators through Thursday night shopping crowds, the police relented and allowed the demonstration to proceed to the US Consulate.

Bridget - March 27, 2007 09:44 AM (GMT)
Guilty plea from detainee Hicks

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Sketch of David Hicks (left) in court on 26 March 2007

Hicks is the first detainee to face the new judicial process
Australian detainee David Hicks has pleaded guilty at a military court at Guantanamo Bay to a charge of providing material support for terrorism.

The 31-year-old Muslim convert was accused of attending al-Qaeda training camps and fighting with the Taleban.

The plea means that Hicks, who has been at the camp for five years, will likely return home to serve his sentence.

Hicks is the first detainee at the detention camp to face terror charges under new US rules.

There were handshakes, hugs and tears ... He looks bloody terrible
Terry Hicks
David Hicks' father

Emotional family reunion

He was charged under the new Military Commissions Act, which human rights groups condemn.

Return 'fairly soon'

Hicks appeared at the hearing wearing khaki prison fatigues and with hair down to his chest - grown, his lawyer said, to pull over his eyes at night to keep out the light and allow him to get to sleep.

As the proceedings got under way, Hicks was formally charged and initially deferred entering a plea. But later on his lawyers told the judge he was pleading guilty.

Other charges against him, including attempted murder, have been dropped.

Prosecution and defence lawyers now have until 1600 on Tuesday (2000 GMT) to reach agreement on a plea deal establishing his sentence.

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Profile: David Hicks
Q&A: Military tribunals

US and Australian authorities have already agreed that Hicks will serve out his sentence in his native country.

He faces a maximum sentence of life but after strong pressure from the Australian government there is speculation that he will receive a shorter sentence.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told local media that he welcomed the conclusion to a legal process which he said took "far too long".

"My guess is he will be able to come back (to Australia) fairly soon," he told ABC radio.

Before the hearing, which was opened to members of the press, Hicks was allowed a two-hour reunion with his father and sister.

He last saw his father, Terry, at a previous hearing in August 2004.

"There were handshakes, hugs and tears," Terry Hicks told journalists. "He looks bloody terrible."

And Mr Hicks, who left the base before the plea was announced, said he would continue to support his son. "We will stand by him on anything he decides, whichever way it goes," he said.


David Hicks arrived in Guantanamo Bay in early 2002 after being captured in Afghanistan a month earlier.

The former farm hand and kangaroo skinner was charged and started a trial process previously in August 2004.

However, the US Supreme Court last year ruled the system unconstitutional.

The administration of President George W Bush then tabled a revised tribunal system that was passed by Congress.

Hicks is the first person to be tried under the new procedures. Two others, Omar Khadr, a Canadian, and Salim Ahmed Hamdan, from Yemen, have been indicted but have not yet been read sworn charges, Cmdr Durand said.

The US has said it plans to use the new system to prosecute about 80 of the remaining 385-or-so prisoners at the camp.

Human rights campaign group Amnesty International has condemned the tribunals as "shabby show trials" and demanded that detainees be tried under the regular US judicial system.

Bridget - March 31, 2007 08:57 AM (GMT)

Hicks to serve nine months' jail

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Sketch of David Hicks (left) in court on 30 March 2007
David Hicks is the first US war crimes convict since World War II
Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks will be sent home to serve nine months in prison after being sentenced by a military judge at the facility.

Hicks, 31, was sentenced to seven years in jail after pleading guilty to supporting terrorism, but all but nine months of the sentence was suspended.

The ex-kangaroo skinner has been in the prison for five years since his capture in Afghanistan as a Taleban fighter.

Australia's government has reacted coolly to news of his transfer.

Under a plea bargain deal with the prosecution, Hicks could only be sentenced to a maximum of seven years.

The plea deal also specifies that any term beyond nine months be suspended, the judge at the sentencing hearing on Friday evening revealed.

The US must now send Hicks to his home country within 60 days - by 29 May.

"We hope that it happens much quicker than that," said his defence lawyer, Col Michael Mori.

Abuse claims

The Muslim convert appeared in court on Friday in a suit and with his hair, which earlier in the week reached down to his chest, cut short.

As part of the plea bargain, Hicks also withdrew claims he had been beaten by US forces after his capture in Afghanistan and that he had been sedated before learning of the charges against him.

US civil rights groups have accused Washington of trying to cover up abuses and Hicks' father in Australia continued to insist his son had been maltreated.

"We know for a fact that he was, and I'm going to push that issue," Terry Hicks told Australian radio.

"The bottom line of all this is that at least he's back home. He's out of that hell hole."

However, Australian Prime Minister John Howard accused some of trying to turn Hicks into a "hero".

"Whatever may be the rhetorical responses of some and particularly the government's critics, the facts speak for themselves," he said in Sydney.

"He pleaded guilty to knowingly assisting a terrorist organisation - namely, al-Qaeda."

The BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney says that while the conservative government is a supporter of the US military justice system, it has come under a great deal of pressure from Australians disturbed by Hicks' treatment.

Media ban

As part of his plea deal, Hicks has agreed not to speak to the media for a year, not to receive any money for his story and not to sue the US government.

He is the first Guantanamo detainee convicted of any terrorist offence since they began arriving at the camp a little over five years ago.

The US is gradually putting other prisoners through the same process.

Hicks is also the first person convicted by a US war crimes court since World War II.


freedomfiles - October 23, 2007 10:17 AM (GMT)
Control order 'could ruin' Hicks' life
October 23, 2007 - 9:19AM

The father of terrorism supporter David Hicks has appealed to authorities not to go overboard with controls on his son, saying they could destroy his life.

The federal government says strong measures will be needed when Hicks is released from Adelaide's Yatala Jail later this year.

But both Justice Minister David Johnston and Australian Federal Police (AFP) chief Mick Keelty have refused to say whether a control order will be sought for the 32-year-old.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has denied reports of a secret deal between Prime Minister John Howard and US Vice-President Dick Cheney to return Hicks to Australia earlier this year.

Terry Hicks said reports that the AFP might apply to a court for a control order over his son were no surprise, but he was concerned such an order could be unfair and ruin his son's life.

Mr Hicks said a control order could include restrictions on movement, communications and impose a reporting requirement.

Bridget - October 26, 2007 12:35 PM (GMT)
Hicks 'gagging' a rights abuse: MP

October 24, 2007 - 6:45PM

Laws to stop David Hicks selling his story can also be applied to anyone who has only to be charged, not convicted, by an overseas court, the Australian Greens say.

A bill to block Hicks selling his story passed the South Australian parliament on Tuesday night.

Greens MP Mark Parnell said it attacked both the civil liberties of the 32-year-old and all South Australians.

The new laws prevent Hicks from profiting from selling the story of both his time fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan and his five years as a US captive at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

They also prevent him profiting from his own notoriety, but will not prevent him talking with the press, providing he is not paid.

Mr Parnell said this meant Hicks could be stopped from selling a book of poetry or children's stories because it could be argued that their appeal was based on his notoriety as a supporter of terrorism.

Mr Parnell said the state Labor government had effectively "stomped on" Hicks despite previously complaining bitterly about his treatment by the federal and US governments.

"This bill will not just stop David Hicks from talking about his time in Afghanistan, it is so broad that, because of his notoriety, it will stop him even selling poetry or children's stories," he said.

"And this assault on democracy, although aimed at Mr Hicks, can be applied to any South Australian citizen who only has to be charged, not convicted, by an overseas court, even one as flawed as the discredited US military tribunal."

Hicks returned to Australia earlier this year under a plea bargain which involved him pleading guilty to providing material support for terrorism.

He had been detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay since January 2002, a month after his capture in Afghanistan, where he fought with Taliban forces.

The father of two was sentenced to nine months jail and later transferred to Adelaide to serve the remainder of the sentence at Yatala Jail, where he remains in solitary confinement.

He is due for release on December 30.

The Age

numeral - December 26, 2007 01:34 AM (GMT)
Australian Labor government endorses further punitive measures against David Hicks
By Richard Phillips
24 December 2007

The new Rudd Labor government has lost no time in making clear that the assault on democratic rights carried out by the former Howard government will continue unabated. This was demonstrated two weeks ago when Attorney-General Robert McClelland backed Australian Federal Police (AFP) moves for a control order on former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, who is due to be released from a South Australian prison on December 29.

The Australian citizen, who was held illegally by the US military for six years before being repatriated to a South Australian prison in May this year, is due to be released on December 29. Hicks is reported to be suffering serious mental health problems, including agoraphobia and panic attacks produced by the years of physical and psychological abuse, including prolonged periods of solitary confinement, that he endured at the hands of the US military.

The deeply anti-democratic control order, which will undoubtedly intensify the mental disorientation of the 32-year-old father of two, was sought by the AFP and imposed on December 21, after a brief hearing before a federal magistrate.

Under its terms Hicks must live at an address approved by the AFP, where he must remain from the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. He must report to police at least three times a week for the next 12 months, and will be finger-printed on each occasion.

Hicks, whose passport has been cancelled, cannot make contact with any individual or group proscribed by the AFP and his telephone, email and internet communications will be regulated by that body. He is restricted to using an AFP-issued mobile phone and SIM card, and any future email account or internet provider must also be approved. He is banned from using a payphone or any satellite communication device or possessing or having any access to explosives and weapons or even any written information about them.

Hicks must begin reporting to police on January 31, two days after his release from jail. The interim control order will be finalised at another court hearing on February 18. If any one of the conditions is breached he can be jailed for five years. Like Mamdouh Habib, another Australian citizen released from Guantánamo, he will continue being hounded by the police and the media.

David Hicks was captured in Afghanistan in late 2001 by the Northern Alliance, sold to the US military for $US1,000 and transferred to Guantánamo in January 2002. Before being shipped to the US detention centre, Hicks was interviewed by the AFP and Australian intelligence officers, who not only ignored his desperate appeals for legal assistance but dismissed his testimony that he had been beaten and tortured.

From then on, the Howard government demonised the Australian as a “dangerous terrorist”, with bi-partisan support from Labor. Labor’s position gave the US authorities a virtual blank cheque to continue its criminal incarceration of the young man, without any formal charge.

In March this year, after almost five and half years of being abandoned by the Australian government, Hicks was finally bullied into pleading guilty to a retrospective charge of “providing material support for a terrorist group”. The sordid arrangement was worked out between the Bush administration and Canberra eight months before the Australian federal election in a desperate attempt to dissipate the mass opposition that had emerged against the Howard government’s treatment of Hicks.

In order to secure his repatriation, however, Hicks had to accept the trumped-up charge—which was retrospective, and therefore illegal, under Australian law and the Geneva Conventions. He had to sign documents claiming he had not been tortured or mistreated by the American military and waive the right to any future legal action against the US government. Hicks is also banned from making any comment to the media until March next year. If he breaches any of the terms of this plea deal the US can demand Hicks’s return to jail.

Labor’s criminal role

At last week’s hearing, federal magistrate Warren Donald accepted arguments and “evidence” presented by AFP lawyers, ruling that Hicks constituted a risk to national security. The so-called evidence included excerpts of letters written to his father praising Osama bin Laden in May 2001, sentiments which he has long since publicly repudiated. None of the AFP assertions, which were given sensationalist media coverage in the Australian media, was tested in the hearing.

The Labor Party bears direct political responsibility for the hearing’s outcome. In October, Labor leader Kevin Rudd was asked about the attitude of a future federal Labor government towards a control order on Hicks. His reply, that Labor “would take advice” from the AFP, was meant to convey that his government would accept without question whatever the AFP managed to dredge up. Attorney-General McClelland refused to explain his reasons for backing the control order, declaring: “As the attorney-general I perform an administrative function. The question as to whether or not a control order is imposed and the terms of that order will be a matter for the courts and that’s how it should be.”

As McClelland knows full well, the six-year persecution of Hicks was a politically driven violation of his basic rights that was used by Canberra to demonstrate its loyalty to the Bush administration and the “war on terror”.

During his incarceration, not one Labor leader—state or federal—ever called for Hicks’s immediate and unconditional release from Guantánamo. At the same time, Labor endorsed all of Howard’s anti-terror measures, including detention without trial, sedition and other reversals of long-standing basic democratic rights.

In 2005, when attempts were made by the Democrats and Greens to establish a senate inquiry into the rendition of Mamdouh Habib, Labor voted with the government to quash the resolution. Former Labor leader Kim Beazley told the media that Habib should not be given any opportunity to present evidence to a Senate committee and “we shouldn’t waste a minute on him”.

Likewise, the South Australian Labor government passed legislation in October this year aimed at politically gagging Hicks. Under the new law, any money Hicks receives, either directly or via his relatives and friends, for media interviews or any future publications, will be confiscated.

According to David’s father, Terry Hicks, his son now has mental health problems and has only ventured into the sunshine from his prison cell on one occasion since his return to Australia.

In November, when prison officers attempted to take Hicks to a police station in a northern Adelaide suburb, he suffered a panic attack in the prison van, scared that he was back under US military control. Professor Paul Mullen, an Australian forensic psychiatrist who previously examined him, confirmed that Hicks’s symptoms were typical of someone who had spent prolonged periods of isolation and would take years of counselling and other medial assistance to overcome.


Following the control order ruling, David McLeod, the lawyer representing Hicks, pointed out that the 32-year-old was in a “mentally fragile state” and did not “have the strength to challenge” the ruling. He then declared that his client would behave as a “model citizen”.

Speaking outside a federal court in Adelaide, McLeod said: “We hope that the AFP will see, over the next period, if this order is confirmed, that David has gotten on with his life, is behaving as a model citizen and so, at the end of any order, they won’t seek to extend it... I think that will be the litmus test; whether we can make the federal police happy about the situation”.

These remarks are astonishing and a shameful capitulation to the ongoing assault on Hicks’s democratic rights. Hicks has not broken any Australian laws, in Afghanistan or anywhere else. He is simply one more casualty of the bogus “war on terror”.

Unlike McLeod, the Australian Law Council and other peak legal bodies have criticised the government’s control order powers as a means of carrying out political repression, similar to those used by dictatorships around the world. The measures repudiate long-standing legal principles, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Australia is a signatory, and can be imposed on any individual at any time without any evidence of so-called “terrorist” activity.

McLeod’s response echoes that of the small “l” liberal establishment, which, following Hicks’s repatriation, has remained completely silent on his continuing imprisonment and his subjection to further punitive measures.

Most notably the Greens, who postured as opponents of the anti-terror laws, have so far issued no statement. The online lobby group GetUp!, which previously demanded Hicks’s repatriation but never called for his unconditional release, issued a perfunctory two paragraph comment. GetUp! executive director Brett Solomon declared: “Control orders are highly problematic, may be clouded in secrecy and can curtail the liberties of someone who has been convicted of no crime. Get Up opposes their use. Get Up further believes a control order for Hicks is inappropriate based on the information that is publicly available.”

The lobby group, which, throughout the federal election campaign, consistently promoted illusions that a vote for Labor and the Greens would defend democratic rights, issued no condemnation of the Labor government.

Labor’s collaboration with the AFP makes clear that Rudd has no intention of instigating any inquiry or taking any measures to expose the Howard government’s mistreatment and abuse of Hicks, let alone bring forward war crime charges over this terrible affair. Instead, Labor has signalled to the AFP that it is free to continue its terrorist allegations against Hicks and any others it chooses to target.

See Also:
Howard government caught out lying over Hicks release from Guantánamo
[1 November 2007]
Terry Hicks, father of Australian Guantánamo prisoner, speaks with the WSWS
[1 November 2007]
Terry Hicks, father of former Guantánamo prisoner, speaks with WSWS “People are now waking up...”
[23 June 2007]
Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks incarcerated in high-security Australian jail
[5 June 2007]
Guantánamo Bay detainee railroaded into guilty plea
The issues of principle in the case of David Hicks
[14 April 2007]

freedomfiles - December 29, 2007 01:17 PM (GMT)
Australian terror detainee Hicks to be released
Friday December 28, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

David Hicks, the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner convicted of terrorism charges, will walk free from an Australian prison tomorrow after more than six years in captivity. The 32-year-old former kangaroo skinner will apologise to the Australian people for the inconvenience he has caused when he leaves the maximum security Yatala prison in Adelaide, his father said.

However, Terry Hicks insisted that his son had been pressured into admitting terrorism charges in a plea bargain which saw him sent home from Guantánamo in May. "There'll be some sort of apology," Terry Hicks said. "It is important to him that he gets this message across and thanks everybody who has been supportive of him." He added: "Nothing's really been proved, nothing's been in a proper court system, all that's happened is that David signed a piece of paper to get out of the place."

US officials portrayed Hicks, who was captured alongside Taliban forces in Afghanistan in December 2001, as a committed al-Qaida supporter who had met Osama bin Laden a number of times. His lawyers countered that the Muslim convert, who has since renounced the faith, was an immature adventurer who only went to Afghanistan after his application to enlist in the Australian army was turned down. Hicks spent more than five years at the US detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, where his family say he became depressed and withdrawn. He became the first person convicted at a US war-crimes trial since World War II after he pleaded guilty in March to providing material support to al-Qaida.

Under the plea bargain, Hicks was allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in Adelaide, but in return forfeited any right to appeal his conviction and agreed not to speak to the media for a year from his sentencing date. Australia's government has concedes that the gagging order may not be enforceable in Hicks' home country, where he has not been convicted of any crime. On release, Hicks will be subject to a form of control order obliging him to report to police three times a week and obey a curfew, among other restrictions.

Hicks' long incarceration without trial prompted human rights campaigners to condemn the country's then prime minister, John Howard, for not pushing the US for his release. The new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, who defeated Howard in a November election, was a strong critic of Hicks' treatment and the military tribunal system that convicted him. However, Rudd has not challenged the plea deal and said today that Hicks would have to accept the control order.

"Mr Hicks should be treated no differently to any other Australian citizen in these circumstances and our expectations of Mr Hicks is that he would comply with the requirements which have been imposed upon him," he told reporters.


soulshoes - December 30, 2007 08:48 AM (GMT)
He's finally released today, you can read about it here.

numeral - January 4, 2008 01:43 AM (GMT)

Bridget - February 19, 2008 02:48 PM (GMT)
Restrictions Eased on Terror Supporter

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — An Australian court on Tuesday relaxed some of the restrictions placed on a former Guantanamo Bay terrorist detainee.

Federal Magistrate Warren Donald upheld an order requiring Australian citizen David Hicks, who pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism under a deal that ended more than five years in U.S. military detention, to report to police and restricting his movement.

But Donald granted Hicks' request that some of the conditions be eased so he can get a job and fit back into society.

Hicks is the only person ever convicted by a military tribunal at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, although it was through a plea bargain before his trial even began.

Hicks, a former kangaroo skinner and adventure-seeker, was captured among Taliban supporters in Afghanistan by U.S.-backed forces in December 2001, and handed to U.S. troops.

After more than five years of detention without trial, he was brought before the military tribunal on a charge of giving material support to al-Qaida.

Under the deal, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison, and was then released into Australian custody to serve the remainder of his term in his home country.

He was freed in December, but Australian Federal Police sought the court-imposed control order after arguing that he was still a terror threat.

Under the new terms of the order, Hicks only has to report to police twice a week instead of three, and is free to live anywhere in Australia, not just his home state of South Australia, provided the location is approved by police.

Other restrictions, including that he not leave the country and not possess weapons, remain in place.


Bridget - May 22, 2008 12:48 AM (GMT)
Hicks offered $1m for terror memoirs

By Janet Fife-Yeomans

May 22, 2008 02:00am

    * 40 media outlets chasing Hick's tell-all
    * Channel 9 has put $1 million on the table
    * No decision from Hicks

FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks will go from broke to millionaire overnight if he accepts the latest mega-offer to tell his story.

Channel 9's 60 Minutes has put $1million on the table for an exclusive interview with the convicted terrorism supporter.

With the queue of media outlets begging to interview with Hicks first now numbering 40, his lawyer David McLeod said he had "not heard" about the $1 million bid from 60 Minutes which could trump them all.

But Mr McLeod said his client was focusing on getting his life together.

"Hicks hasn't made up his mind whether or not he wants to tell his story, so no decision has been made, as far as I know," Mr McLeod said.

Hicks, 32, has been lying low since he walked free from Adelaide's Yatala maximum security jail in December.

Mr Hicks said his son was not ready yet to speak publicly.

A Nine spokesman last night denied the station had made an offer to Hicks, however it is understood discussions have taken place about drafting reporter Ray Martin for the job.


Bridget - November 20, 2008 09:54 AM (GMT)
Convicted Australian terror supporter speaks out

Updated November 20, 2008 20:34:06

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David Hicks was concerned Australian police would impose another court order after the current one expires in December.

The Australian Federal Police has announced it will not be seeking another control order on convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks.

Earlier, the former Guantanamo Bay inmate spoke publicly for the first time since his release from a jail in the South Australian city of Adelaide.

Hicks spent five years at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre before admitting to a charge of supporting terrorism.

In a video released by the community activist group GetUp!, he expresses concern that when his current control order expires next month, the Australian Federal Police will seek another one.

"Until the control order is lifted I will not be able to get on with my life," he said.

Under the order, he has a night-time curfew and must regularly report to police.

But the AFP have now released a statement saying after consultation with several agencies they will not be seeking a further order against Hicks.

Bridget - December 21, 2008 07:01 PM (GMT)
Page last updated at 04:45 GMT, Sunday, 21 December 2008

'Australian Taleban' fully free

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David Hicks has said he will one day tell his full story

An Australian former inmate of the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay is now a free man after Australian police lifted strict controls on his actions.

David Hicks spent more than five years at Guantanamo Bay without a trial before admitting to charges of providing material support to al-Qaeda.

In return, he was allowed in May 2007 to serve out the last nine months of his sentence in an Australian prison.

Hicks, a convert to Islam, was captured by US troops in Afghanistan in 2001.

The former kangaroo wrangler was the first "enemy combatant" held at Guantanamo to be convicted by a US military commission.

'Still recovering'

The control orders limiting his movements expired at midnight on Saturday.

Australian police said they would not seek to extend the measures after Hicks made a public appeal to be allowed to "get on with my life".

He was subject to a strict curfew and restrictions on his travel and had to report regularly to police.

His telephone and internet communications were also limited.

Hicks has admitted to training with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and meeting its leader, Osama Bin Laden.

The 33-year-old has said he is recovering still from his ordeal at Guantanamo Bay and is not ready yet to tell his story.

But he has said he will do so.

amirrortotheenemy - August 4, 2009 02:44 PM (GMT)
David Hicks marries in Sydney
Last updated 01:25 03/08/2009

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has married his girlfriend Aloysia Brooks in Sydney.

His father Terry Hicks, who attended the wedding, said he was glad to see his son getting on with his life.

"We are grateful that things are going along an even line and he can get on and hopefully be left alone," he told The Advertiser newspaper.

"They're going to enjoy themselves and get on with their lives, and that's what it's about."

Major Michael Mori, the former US military defence lawyer for Mr Hicks, was also spotted at the weekend wedding in the northern Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills, the newspaper said.

Mr Hicks, who pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism, was held at the US military detention centre in Cuba for more than five years after being captured in Afghanistan in December 2001.

In March 2007, under a plea bargain, he was sentenced to seven years' jail but ordered to serve only nine months with the rest of his sentence suspended.

He returned to Australia and was released from Adelaide's Yatala Jail more 18 months ago.

Mr Hicks met Aloysia after he moved to Sydney last year.


Bridget - September 25, 2010 12:16 AM (GMT)
Hicks tells his side of story
Jason Steger
September 24, 2010

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"Never a supporter of terrorism" ... David Hicks.

FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has written an account of his life that will be published next month despite the possibility of action under proceeds-from-crime legislation.

In Guantanamo: My Journey Hicks tells the story of his early days in Adelaide leading up to the 1999 overseas trip that included training in al-Qaeda-linked camps and ended with capture in Afghanistan in December 2001. He subsequently spent more than five years in the American prison camp at Guantanamo.

In March 2007, Hicks pleaded guilty to the charge of ''providing material support for terrorism''. He was sent back to Adelaide and served another seven months in prison. Since his release, the military commission system has been declared invalid by the US Supreme Court.

Hicks says he wants to give readers a better understanding of what happened to him. ''You will see that I am not, and have never been, a supporter of terrorism,'' he writes in the book. ''I am not a public threat. I did not harm anyone - I never attempted or planned to - nor was I accused of such. And I did not break any Australian, US or international laws.''

A spokesman for the federal Attorney-General said the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 enabled any financial benefits a person derived from his or her conviction, including conviction for a foreign indictable offence, to be confiscated. However, a decision on action was for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Nikki Christer, publishing director of Random House, which will release the book on October 16, said the issue of proceeds of crime legislation was a question for Hicks and his lawyer. But she said that Random never published a book lightly.

Ms Christer said Hicks was frank and honest in his book, which he had written without a ghostwriter. He approached Random House. ''We met first and only when we had had a few conversations and he felt it was going to be OK, did we get to see the manuscript.''

Hicks tells his side of story

Bridget - May 23, 2011 08:50 AM (GMT)
I hadn't heard of al-Qaeda: Hicks

AUSTRALIAN Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says he's not a monster and had not even heard of al-Qaeda until he was interrogated at the prison camp.

    * Clear my son's name: Terry Hicks

AUSTRALIAN Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says he's not a monster and had not even heard of al-Qaeda until he was interrogated at the prison camp.

Mr Hicks made his first public appearance at the Sydney Writer's Festival on Sunday talking about his book Guantanamo: My Journey.

The autobiography recounts his early years growing up in Adelaide, his conversion to Islam to gain a sense of belonging and his travels to Kosovo and Kashmir to help suffering civilians.

"(Afghanistan) is such a small part of my story and yet you get the impression from the media that it was the only part of the story," Mr Hicks told a packed Sydney Theatre crowd.

"I went to Afghanistan to receive basic military training. I have no problem saying that because that's what happened.

"I had never heard of the word al-Qaeda until I heard it from the lips of an interrogator in Guantanamo Bay years later.

"There weren't al-Qaeda training camps where I was. It's all about Kashmir, my story. It's not about Afghanistan."

Hicks spent more than five years in the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba after being captured in Afghanistan in 2001.

He said he constantly suffered bouts of anger, depression and insanity during his time in the prison camp where he said he was tortured, and seriously considered suicide towards the end of his time there.

"I've been presented as some monster out to cause harm. (The prime minister) John Howard has said publicly that I've never broken any Australian law," he said.

"This has been acknowledged, I never hurt anyone, I never intended to hurt anyone, I never planned to hurt anyone.

"I condemn terror. I went overseas with the intention to help people, to do something.

"Some people may think that it's a bit weird, a bit strange, impulsive, naive. Okay, but my intentions were good and, unfortunately, I ended up being detained, tortured and accused of being a terrorist."

He said the picture of him shown in the media over the years holding a rocket-propelled grenade in what has been reported to be Afghanistan was nothing but a "boy's trophy shot" taken years earlier in Albania.

Mr Hicks and his father Terry, his long-time supporter, both received standing ovations during the talk.

He said he spent two years writing his book without any help and had married since returning to Australia.

But, he said, he was still receiving treatment for physical and psychological problems.

"There's been great, wonderful support from the public in general concerning the book and my situation."

The Director of Public Prosecutions is expected to make a decision soon on whether profits from his book will be seized under the proceeds of crime legislation.

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