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Australian David Hicks, imprisoned since 2001 when he was captured in Afghanistan and sent to Guantanamo, has been released from an Australian jail. He's free.
One catch: His transfer agreement with the Government says he cannot speak to the media for one year.
Hicks refused to speak to the media directly for fear of being sent back to Guantanamo Bay. Under his plea deal, Hicks agreed to remain silent about his time in custody and treatment and also forfeited any right to appeal his conviction. He agreed not to speak with the news media for a year from his sentencing date.
"It is my intention to honor this agreement as I don't want to do anything that might result in my return there," Hicks said in the statement.
While Hicks is now free, he's still got strict conditions attached to his liberty:
The magistrate ordered Hicks to report to police three times a week and obey a curfew by staying indoors at premises to be agreed on by police. Other restrictions include that he not leave Australia or contact a list of terror suspects. The restrictions will last for one year.
The first Guantanamo military commission proceeding is set to begin Monday with the arraignment of Australian David Hicks. He will be called upon to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to providing material support to terrorists. He was originally charged with three charges of attempted murder, conspiracy and aiding the enemy, but those charges were dropped.
Today, David McLeod, his Australian lawyer said a plea deal is a possiblility.
Asked how Hicks would plead at tomorrow's arraignment McLeod said: ``That remains to be seen''.
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