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Conviction of Australian at Guantanamo court in doubt

Australian's conviction at Guantanamo military court in doubt because of appeal's court ruling

Conviction of Australian at Guantanamo court in doubt

MIAMI (AP) -- One of the few convictions at a military court at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appears to be on shaky ground.

Prosecutors concede in a legal filing that the conviction of David Hicks may no longer be valid. Hicks pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism in March 2007 in a plea deal that got him home to his native Australia.

The chief prosecutor says the convictions should stand because Hicks agreed not to appeal. But Brig. Gen. Mark Martins also concedes material support is no longer a valid charge in the military commission because of an appeals court ruling.

The filing is under seal but was published by the online news site Pro Publica. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the filing Thursday.


Updated : 2021-09-19 14:05 GMT+08:00