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Australian May Face U.S. Tribunal

The Australian government says that one of its citizens imprisoned at the American naval base in Guantánamo, Cuba, will be charged by the United States this month and is expected to go before a military tribunal sometime in August. A spokesman for the Australian Embassy here said on Tuesday that Prime Minister John Howard would discuss the issue of the prisoner, David Hicks, with President Bush in a visit to the White House this week. Mr. Howard, in a statement over the weekend in Canberra, said he had been told that Mr. Hicks, who is accused of having fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan, would be tried in August. Matt Francis, the embassy spokesman, also said that the Australian government had been informed that if Mr. Hicks was convicted and sentenced to a jail term, he would probably be able to serve his time in an Australian jail. Full Story

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