Ex-Guantanamo Bay Detainee David Hicks Launches Legal Appeal VIDEO

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Sameera Ehteram
David Matthew Hicks, aka Muhammed Dawood, an Australian who converted to Islam in 1999, was convicted by the United States Guantanamo military commission on charges of providing material support for terrorism. He was detained by the United States in Guantanamo Bay detention camp from 2001 until 2007 following earlier para-military training at a training camp in Afghanistan during 2001.

David Matthew Hicks, aka Muhammed Dawood, anAustralian who converted to Islam in 1999, was convicted by the United States Guantanamo military commission on charges of providing material support for terrorism. He was detained by the United States in Guantanamo Bay detention camp from 2001 until 2007 following earlier para-military training at a training camp in Afghanistan during 2001.

In October 2012 the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the charge under which Hicks had been convicted was invalid because the law did not exist at the time of the alleged offence, and it could not be applied retrospectively.

He alleges that he was tortured during his detention.

Hicks has now launched an appeal against the conviction. He says he wants righted all the wrongs he's suffered.

"There are two points of importance within this appeal. The first is that I was detained for an inexcusable five and a half years, or six years including here in Australia as well, without my having committed an offence. And secondly that I was tortured throughout that period. This included physical beatings, a number of psychological methods and medical experimentation," he says.

If Hicks loses this round of the battle in the military appeals court he could still go to a U.S. federal court and the Supreme Court.

Hicks’ autobiography, Guantanamo: My Journey, published in 2010, describes his ordeal.  

 

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