Hicks could face reduced charges in new Guantanamo military trial Katerina Ossenova at 9:18 AM ET
[JURIST] Australian officials said Monday that Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] could face reduced charges when he goes to trial before new US military commissions, the procedural rules [manual, PDF] for which were promulgated last week. Hicks' original charges [text, PDF; JURIST report], which were brought in 2004, have lapsed but he still faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for providing material support for a terrorist organization. US prosecutors could nonetheless offer him a plea bargain which could result in a reduced sentence, or a jury could find the five years he has served in American custody sufficient time served even if he is found guilty.
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