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Australian is First Guantanamo Convict

A U.S. military tribunal sentenced an Australian to nine months in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism. Hicks’s sentence originally called for seven years in prison, a charge a panel of military officers sentenced Hicks to on a charge of providing material support to a terrorist organization. In exchange for Hicks' guilty plea in the morning hearing, the sentence had been reduced to nine months. Under the plea deal, the confessed Taliban-allied gunman will be allowed to serve his sentence in an Australian prison, but must remain silent about any alleged abuse while in custody. Under the deal, Hicks will be allowed to leave Guantanamo within 60 days. Described as a former outback cowboy, Hicks acknowledged aiding Al-Qaida during the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, confirmed that he conducted surveillance on the former U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

One Fact about the plea agreement that I don’t agree with is the stipulation under his plea deal that he has “never been illegally treated by a person or persons while in the custody of the U.S. government.? It seems like the U.S. government is trying to cover up the mistreatment of detainees. Hicks earlier stated that he had been beaten and deprived of sleep while at the prison facility.

The two stories from the Associated Press and the McClatchy News Service are almost identical in the information they present. The difference is that the AP article mentions more of Hicks’s plea agreement, while the McClatchy News Service talks more on the trials and the terrorist actions of hicks.

Click the title to read the AP article or

Click here to see the McClatchy News Service