The Straits Times
Published on Oct 17, 2012

Hicks demands investigation after US court ruling


SYDNEY (AFP) - Former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks on Wednesday demanded a full investigation into his jailing after a landmark US court decision, as lawyers said his conviction should be quashed.

Hicks was returned to Australia in April 2007 following a plea deal that saw him serve a nine-month sentence at home for providing material support for terrorism after nearly six years in Guantanamo.

But his conviction was cast into doubt after the US Court of Appeals ruled that material support for terrorism was not a war crime, and could not in any case be applied to Hicks because the relevant law was passed only in 2006.

Hicks was captured in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks in the US and only in 2007 was he charged with providing material support for terrorism.