Friday, March 2, 2007


Australian charged with terrorism: US official

‘Australian David Hicks was charged with “material support for terrorism” Thursday, setting the stage for a war crimes trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that has caused strains in US relations with Australia.

Judge Susan Crawford, who oversees the military commissions, dismissed a second charge of attempted murder against Hicks after concluding there was no “probable cause” to justify it, said Commander Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman. [..]

Major Michael Mori, Hicks’s military lawyer, said the government had abandoned all its original charges against his client, replacing them with a charge — “material support for terrorism” — that has never existed in the laws of war.’

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