The Hicks aka Dawoud saga continues:
England wouldn’t have him, the child-photos didn’t find enough bleeding hearts, his annoying, obnoxious father ran out of sympathies, so what’s left?
Will he now become a born-again Christian?
Hicks drops Islamic faith
Mark Dunn from the Herald Sun
DAVID Hicks has renounced Islam, his American military lawyer confirmed yesterday.
Major Michael Mori declined to say why Hicks was no longer a Muslim, saying it was a personal issue for the suspected terrorist.
Hicks adopted the name Dawood when he converted to Islam in Adelaide in the late 1990s.
He was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 and has spent five years in the high-security US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
A former Guantanamo inmate has claimed Hicks was denounced by Muslim prisoners for his change of faith.
Major Mori, who spoke to 300 delegates at a human rights conference in Melbourne yesterday, later condemned Australia’s law officers.
He described as “strange and foreign” comments by Solicitor-General David Bennett, QC, in the Federal Court that a general obligation for the Federal Government to protect citizens abroad “is simply something that the law has never recognised”.
“It’s frustrating for me to see an Australian being abandoned and being pushed towards a cliff for this system that is not acceptable for Americans,” he said.
Major Mori said Hicks might have to wait another three years to face trial if there were a Supreme Court challenge to the legitimacy of the military commission.
Major Mori will speak to Victorian MPs today.
* Does he know that the punishment for apostasy is death?
Update: “Hicksville” from Piers Akerman