02 March 2007

Another step in the Hicks case

Hard on the heels of today's Age report of allegations of torture made by David Hicks comes news of the next stage in the process laid down by the US authorities (which prompted an on air exchange between Terry Hicks and the Prime Minister: reported on the same link):

Hicks was charged today with providing material support for terrorism and referred to trial by a special military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon said. But a second charge of attempted murder was dismissed after Judge Susan Crawford concluded there was no "probable cause" to justify it.

For other comments see here(whose headline "Clock ticking for Hicks" implies that the charge will now automatically proceed to a hearing) and here (an unfortunate greengrocer's apostrophe in the headline "Hick's father feels no relief at charges).

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