Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism before a US military tribunal today.
Hicks announced his plea during the rapidly reconvened hearing, by answering ‘yes sir,’ when the judge, Marine Colonel Ralph Kohlmann, asked if that was in fact his plea.
The judge ordered the prosecutors and defence lawyers to draw up a plea agreement by 6am AEST tomorrow, which was expected to indicate what sentence he would serve.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says, with the possibility of a prisoner exchange agreement with the US, Hicks could be home before long.
The 31-year-old, originally from Adelaide, was captured while allegedly fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in late 2001.
* Note: SKY NEWS claims he ‘allegedly’ fought for the Taliban. Hicks, aka Mohammed Dawoud, a Muslim, has fought in 5 or 6 theaters of the global jihad, from Bosnia to Kashmir and from there on to Afghanistan. The MSM truly sux…
Hicks’ lawyers walk out of Guantanamo courtroom
Geoff Elliott/The Australian
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
TWO of David Hicks lawyers left the military court today in sensational circumstances after the tribunal’s judge said they had not complied with procedural rules.
Judge Colonel Ralph Kohlmann cited a number of compliance issues relating the court process but offered Hicks the chance for both his lead civilian lawyer Joshua Dratel and his assistant Rebecca Snyder to stay on the bench with Hicks to offer advice.
Update: Bobby Brown, leader of the watermelon commie-greens, lets it fly:
Hicks was ‘tortured’-, imprisoned for five years (imagine!) and never had a chance of a ‘fair trail’-
Just wait till he gets his hands on you and he will show you which way the wind blows! Do you know what the penalty is for Homosexuals under the sharia???
Gun-toting jihadi was not an angel
Janet Albrechtsen / The Australian
FINALLY David Hicks, also known as Abu Muslim al Australia, aka Abu Muslim Philippine, aka Muhammad Dawood, has pleaded guilty to the charge of providing material support for terrorism. And now watch as the real PR campaign goes into angelic overdrive. His vociferous cheer squad will proclaim his innocence, declaring the plea was the only way for Hicks to get out of Guantanamo Bay.
* His father did just that. Just heard it on the radio…Â
Those misguided fools who claim that Hicks was ‘tortured’ should take a look at the Al Quaeda playbook here: Scroll down to lesson no 18