An Australian imprisoned at Guatanamo Bay for the last five years will be the first Gitmo prisoner to be tried under a new U.S. law authorizing special military trials of alleged enemy combatants. An initial hearing will be held within the month for 31-year-old David Hicks, accused of helping the Taliban combat American troops in Afghanistan.


Mr Hicks will be the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be charged under a new US law authorising special military trials of “enemy combatants”. A preliminary hearing is expected to be held within 30 days and a jury trial will start within 120 days in accordance with the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Mr Hicks pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, attempted murder and aiding the enemy before a US military tribunal in 2004, but the charges were dropped when the US Supreme Court ruled that the judicial process was unlawful.

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