Tuesday 25 December 2007

Hicks out on Saturday

With just three sleeps to go, 32 year old David Hicks will make a statement as he leaves Yatala Prison on Saturday morning.

After nearly six years of imprisonment in the US Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, following another 9 months in Australia's Yatala Prison to silence him before the Federal election, there is huge worldwide interest in his release.

Hicks' lawyer, David McLeod said "He's going to say whatever it is, either personally or through his family members on Saturday morning - that's when the event will be," he said.
David Hicks will be placed on an interim control order, which includes a midnight to 6am curfew and reporting to police three times a week.

Terry Hicks said that the magistrate based his decision to impose a control order, the second only Australian to receive one, on evidence dating back 5 years.
Hicks was charged by a US military commission in August 2004, however that commission was subsequently abolished and the charges voided in June 2006, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that military commissions were illegal under United States law and the Geneva Conventions.

The indictment prepared for the previously scheduled trial had alleged that Hicks had trained and conspired in various ways, and was guilty of "aiding the enemy" while an "unprivileged belligerent". No specific acts of violence were alleged, and he was detained in December 2001.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A confessed terrorist he may well be. A convicted terrorist? By whom? Under what LEGAL authority?