Australian David Hicks Convicted of Terror Charge
David Hicks has been convicted of aiding terrorists. Ironically, this means he will soon be free to leave the Guantanamo Bay prison.
A military judge convicted Australian detainee David Hicks of providing material support for terrorism, a charge he pleaded guilty to. The prison sentence would be limited to seven years under terms of a plea bargain, a military judge at Guantanamo Bay said Friday.
The judge, Marine Corps. Col. Ralph Kohlmann, revealed the terms of the agreement at a hearing earlier Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the maximum sentence accounts for the five years Hicks has already spent at Guantanamo Bay. Under an agreement between the U.S. and Australia, Hicks will serve any sentence in his own country.
I don’t see how the five years already served could not count.