From: 101 East
The case of David Hicks
The Australian was the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face charges.
Terry Hicks, David’s father, says the Australian
prime minister should be charged with war crimes
The Australian David Hicks, the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face charges relating to the so called ‘war on terror’, will be free within a year.
Despite pleading guilty to supporting a terrorist group, the US government, in a surprise move that side-stepped the court process, offered Hicks a plea bargain and a nine month prison sentence.
The Hicks trial was supposed to be a bench mark – a validation of the controversial military tribunal process, created by Washington for the Guantanamo detainees. But it has generated even more controversy.
101 East considers the case against David Hicks and its political significance.
Terry Hicks, David’s father, tells us that he believes either the Australian prime minister, foreign minister or attorney general should be charged with war crimes for allowing his son to be tried in an improperly constituted court.
Teymoor Nabili is joined by Mike Carlton, an Australian broadcaster in Sydney, and Andrew Bold, from the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne, to discuss this.
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This episode of 101 East aired from 06 April 2007
101 East airs at 16:30GMT every Thursday on Al Jazeera English and is repeated during the week.
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