Hicks to consider guilty plea instead of death

Walter Lippmann walterlx at enet.cu
Mon Jul 7 19:59:46 MDT 2003


(Read this extraordinary last paragraph
describing the behavior of the country
which criticizes CUBA for supposedly
violating human rights!

(We'd already begun reading how the
US was going to offer plea bargains to
some on whom the US doesn't seem
to have sufficient evidence to convict
even in their own military courts.

(But what difference would it make if
they're found innocent since mere
"innocence" isn't reason to release
the person. Mind-numbing material.

("Even if found innocent, he was
unlikely to be released. According
to a US Defence briefing, he would
still be an enemy combatant in the
open-ended war against terror."

(Where's Joanne Landy now???)
===========================

Hicks to consider guilty plea instead of death
July 8 2003
By Penelope Debelle
Melbourne Age [Australia]


Captured Australian al-Qaeda suspect David Hicks would be
legally counselled to consider any offer to plead guilty and
accept a 20-year jail term rather than risk the death
penalty.

His acting lawyer in Adelaide, Franco Camatta, said Hicks,
27, from Adelaide, was in such a grave position the legal
advice to him would be to not compromise his options.

"Lo and behold, he may contemplate accepting that proposal,"
Mr Camatta said. But Mr Camatta said Hicks's legal team did
not know of the offer, which was reported in Britain in
relation to two British prisoners listed with Hicks by US
President George Bush as likely members of al-Qaeda
or other terrorists.

Hicks, one of two Australians held by the US as enemy
combatants, was captured in Afghanistan in late 2001
fighting on the side of the Taliban.

Mr Camatta said Hicks, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay
military base in Cuba for 19 months with only a few letters,
was unaware of his plight. At a US military briefing on
Friday, Pentagon officials would not disclose whether any of
the six were notified of their eligibility for military
trial.

Hicks was one of six people deemed a sufficiently serious
threat to the US to be eligible for military trial, either
because of their membership of al-Qaeda or other terrorist
activities.

Mr Camatta said if he was jailed, it was unclear if that
would be in the US or Australia.

Even if found innocent, he was unlikely to be released.
According to a US Defence briefing, he would still be an
enemy combatant in the open-ended war against terror.






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