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Australia police to seek control order against ex-Guantanamo detainee Hicks

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] plan to subject former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks [JURIST news archive] to a control order [JURIST news archive] that would restrict his movements and communications as well as require him to check in with police once every year, according to Monday reports. Hicks said in May that he does not plan to challenge the legality of any control order [JURIST report] imposed after his release from prison in Australia. Australia's Anti-Terrorism Act (No.2) 2005 [ANS backgrounder] allows the "overt close monitoring of terrorist suspects who pose a risk to the community." ABC News has more.

Hicks was transferred to Australia [JURIST report] in May to serve the remainder of his nine-month prison sentence at a maximum security prison near his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia. He pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST reports] before a US military commission in March after spending more than five years in US custody since being captured in Afghanistan.

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