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Hicks 'elated' to be in solitary confinement in Adelaide


David Hicks 2011

More than seven years ago, Australian David Hicks, then 24, left Adelaide as a Muslim convert on his way to Pakistan to support the cause of Islam.

Just before 11am yesterday, he was home again ? escorted in the back of a van by motorcycle police, prison officers and a high-security response squad.

In Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, where he was held for almost 5½ years by US authorities who declared him a prisoner in the war on terror, he spent most of his time in solitary confinement.

In Yatala Labour Prison, in Adelaide's northern suburbs, he will also be in a small cell by himself, allowed out for exercise for one hour a day before his release in late December ? possibly in time to be reunited with his family for the New Year.

The dramatic return of the former Taliban fighter and convicted supporter of terrorism was not lost on Hicks, now 31, who landed at the RAAF base at Edinburgh, north of Adelaide, at 9.50am Adelaide time (11.50am NZT) after a secretive 24-hour flight from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

"He did make the rather amusing comment ? there are not too many prisoners who get a world trip between stretches," Hicks' civilian lawyer for the past two years, David McLeod, said.

Hicks was grateful to be a prisoner of the Australian Government, after years as a prisoner of the US Government, a situation that, in the end, embarrassed both governments.

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    Stop slurring my son: Hicks dad
    Stop slurring my son: Hicks dad David Hicks will be out of jail on New Year's Eve after an extraordinarily lenient plea bargain agreement meant that whatever sentence he got, he would only serve nine months of it in jail.

    The Military Commission panel – made up of serving US officers – gave him the maximum possible sentence of seven years. Even that was a reduction on the statutory maximum of life imprisonment.

    But the pre-trial agreement meant that six years and three months will be suspended. This means that he will be released on the last day of the year, and as long as he doesnt violate the terms of his agreement, he will stay out of jail.

    The pre-trial agreement appears to have been designed with the Australian political calendar in mind.

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    David Hicks Rally in Adelaide

    ~ Adelaide Rally - Adelaide remembers David Hicks -Photo Gallery ~

    In 1999 a young man from suburban Adelaide set out on an overseas trip that would change his life forever. Initially, he was after adventure and the experience of travelling the Silk Road. But events would set him on a different path. He would be deemed a terrorist, one of George W Bush's 'worst of the worst'. He would be incarcerated in the world's most notorious prison, Guantanamo Bay. And in that place where, according to an interrogator in Abu Ghraib, 'even dogs won't live', he was to languish for five and a half years, suffering horror, torture and abuse, while Australians were told who he was - by politicians, the media and foreign governments. Everyone had an opinion on him. But only he knows the truth. And now, for the first time, David Hicks tells his story.
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    Some things you may not know about David Hicks
    • Davie fought on the side of NATO and the UN when he was in Kosovo
    • David was not armed when he was detained
    • David was not shooting at American or Australian troops (or any others)
    • All others detained with him at the time were immediately released
    • David had his first phone call with his family in December 2002 - after two years imprisoment
    • His military lawyer, Major Mori, says he has almost no chance of a fair trial
    • His mental state is fragile and he has deteriorated physically
    • Major Mori is convinced he was not involved in any terrorist activities
    • David was held in solitary confinement on and off since September 2003

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