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Ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Hicks gag order expires

[JURIST] A gag order precluding former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] from speaking to the media expired on Sunday, but Hicks is reportedly "not interested at the moment" in speaking publicly about his detention. Hicks had agreed not to speak publicly before March 30, 2008 about his detention as a condition of his release [JURIST report] from an Australian prison in December; at the time, he issued a statement [text] asking the media and public to respect his agreement. Australia's ABC News has more. AAP has additional coverage.

Hicks pleaded guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST reports] before a US military commission last March after spending more than five years in US custody after his capture in Afghanistan. Hicks was transferred to Australia [JURIST report] in May 2007 to serve the remainder of a nine-month prison sentence at a maximum security prison near his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia.

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