September 16, 2009

Who Are The Real Material Supporters?

Dad urges Hicks to fight to clear name
David Hicks has been urged by his father to fight to clear his name amid US government revelations that his terrorism-related charge could be quashed.

Adelaide-born Hicks pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism at a US military commission hearing in 2007.

But the US government now believes the charge isn't a law of war offence and convictions such as Hicks' could be overturned.

US assistant attorney-general David Kris has told a US senate committee examining military commissions there were "serious questions" about the material support charge.

"Our experts believe there is a significant risk that appellate courts will ultimately conclude that material support for terrorism is not a traditional law of war offence, thereby threatening to reverse hard-won convictions," Mr Kris has told the committee.

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