Muhammad Dawood gets 9-month sentence for supporting terrorism
Hicks will serve the sentence in Australia and the United States must send him home by May 29. (Reuters)
Muhammad Dawood (aka David Hicks) Update: a slap on the wrist. “Hicks gets nine-month sentence,” from Australia’s ABC News Online
A US military tribunal has sentenced confessed terrorism supporter David Hicks to seven years in jail but he will only have to serve nine months.
The tribunal judge accepted Hicks’s guilty plea as part of an agreement that limited his sentence to seven years in prison, in addition to the five years he has been held at the US base at Guantanamo Bay.
The deal allowed all but nine months of the sentence to be be suspended.
Australian Greens Leader Bobby Brown likens Guantanamo Bay to the Soviet Union’s notorious “gulag” :
(Hicks’ ) guilty plea is simply a plea for release for exit from the inhumane Guantanamo Bay gulag.
Russian jihadists beg to differ. They think Guantanamo Bay is actually a lot nicer – or certainly safer – than even the prisons of Russia today.
SEVEN Russian terrorism suspects were tortured and abused after they returned from US detention at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights Watch alleges.
The seven, arrested in and around Afghanistan shortly after the 2002 US-led invasion and accused of fighting with the hardline Islamic Taliban regime, were repatriated with the guarantee that they would not be harmed…
The seven repeatedly asked authorities at Guantanamo not to return them to Russia, saying they feared for their safety if sent back.