Ex-Guantanamo imate describes Osama bin Laden as a ‘lovely brother’December 20th, 2007 - 2:46 pm ICT by admin
Sydney, Dec.20 (ANI): Former Guantanamo Bay inmate and supporter of terrorist activities, David Hicks, has described Osama bin Laden as “lovely”, and acknowledged that he trained with al-Qaeda a month before the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) told a court in Adelaide today that Hicks could still be seen as a perceived threat to Australia.
The AFP today asked the Federal Magistrates Court to impose a control order on Hicks, who is due for release from an Adelaide jail in nine days.
If granted, it would be only the second control order granted in Australia, reports news.com.au.
Hicks’ s lawyers today told the court they would not oppose the control order, but would contest certain proposed aspects of it.
AFP lawyer Andrew Berger said Hicks had admitted taking part in four al-Qaeda training camps between January 2001 and August 2001 - a month before the terrorist attacks in the US.
He also detailed letters from Hicks to his family in Adelaide during 2001, in which the latter claims that he met Osama bin Laden 20 times, and referred to him as a lovely brother, and a man who had given up everything for the cause of Islam.
Hicks undertook “substantial training” in basic arms and combat training, guerrilla warfare and advanced marksmanship, the AFP told the court.
Specifics of the proposed control order, and the aspects to be contested by Hicks’ lawyers, have yet to be detailed to the court.
A US military commission in March this year sentenced Hicks to seven years in jail, with all but nine months suspended after he pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism.
Under a plea bargain, Hicks was returned to Australia to serve the remainder of his sentence at Yatala prison in Adelaide.
The father of two was detained in December 2001 by US forces in Afghanistan, where he had been fighting with the Taliban, and spent more than five years without trial in Guantanamo Bay.
Australia’s first control order was imposed last year on Melbourne man Jack Thomas, who is facing a retrial on terror-related charges. (ANI)
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