Pentagon sets date of military commission trial for Australian Gitmo detainee

[JURIST] The Pentagon announced Tuesday that David Hicks [Wikipedia profile], the only Australian held at the US terror suspect detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], will go to trial before a special military commission on November 18, about a month later than earlier expected [JURIST report]. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, and is accused of fighting alongside the Taliban militia against US-led forces. He faces charges [charge sheet, PDF] of conspiracy, attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent and aiding the enemy. In July the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Hamdan v. Runsfeld, upheld the constitutionality of the military tribunals [JURIST report] under which Hicks will be tried. AFP has more.



 

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