David Hicks is reportedly “quite excited” at the possibility his conviction may be quashed as US President Barack Obama’s vows to close the Guantanamo detention facility.
Hicks was held in Guantanamo after being charged in 2001 with “providing material support for terrorism”. He remained there for more than five years of his suspended seven-year sentence, then served nine months in Adelaide\’s Yatala prison.
David’s father, Terry Hicks, says it\’s “great” that Obama is “sticking to his word” in ordering the closure and freezing the controversial military commissions under which Hicks was originally tried.
The newly-inaugurated President vowed during his election campaign to close the facility and investigate the charges against around 250 inmates who remain there.
Terry Hicks says his son was tortured during his time in Guantanamo, but despite that he is more concerned with clearing his name than seeking monetary gain.
“I think David\’s interest is in challenging the wrongful conviction, I suppose you could look at it that way, with the information extracted under torture for a start,” he told SBS.
“So as far as compensations and that sort of thing, I don\’t think David\’s too worried about that sort of side of it,” he added.
Approximately 420 detainees have been released from Guantanamo without charge since the US began its assaults on suspected al-Qaeda operatives and Taliban militants in Afghanistan in 2001.
Hicks was one of two Australians arrested as an enemy combatant in the conflict. He had trained in al-Qaeda-linked camps and converted to Islam.