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Hicks case points up problems facing US ‘terror’ tribunals

The conviction of “Aussie Taliban” David Hicks before a US military tribunal has raised fresh questions about Washington’s experiment with “war on terror” trials in Guantanamo. In the first case to come before the tribunals, Hicks’s plea deal was heavily coloured by politics and renewed concerns among rights groups about the court’s independence, evolving rules and court evidence possibly based on abuse. The outcome, in which Hicks was given a light nine-month prison term, had every sign of a deal produced by Australia’s lobbying of Washington, said Hina Shamsi of Human Rights First. Full Story

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