US presents fresh Hicks charges
with thanks to Andrew Bolt
THE United States has prepared fresh charges against Australian Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, five years after he was detained, after the first trial process was ruled illegal by the country’s highest court.
Two charges have been prepared, accusing Mr Hicks, 31, of providing material support for terrorism and attempted murder in violation of the law of war. He faces life in jail if found guilty, his US military lawyer has said.
The Prime Minister has welcomed what he has called the “serious charges” and has sought to claim credit for the US move to lay them.
But Mr Hicks’s father Terry has said the new charges do not make sense and are part of an unfair process designed to convict his son.
Two other Guantanamo Bay inmates have also had fresh charges prepared against them.
The charges are not considered formally filed under US military rules until a Pentagon adviser and another official approve them. That process could take another two weeks and court hearings are not expected until autumn.
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