David Hicks, the Australian citizen imprisoned at
The 31-year-old entered the plea before a tribunal at the
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Hicks, who has been held for five years, pleaded guilty toone of two charges of providing material support for terrorism by fighting foral-Qaeda in
He is the first of almost 400 prisoners held at the base to face prosecutionunder revised
Hicks' lawyers and human rights monitors observing thehearings say the trials are rigged to ensure convictions andallow evidence to be submitted that has been obtained throughcoercion.
The new tribunal was established by the
Speaking to reporters before Monday's arraignment hearing,Air Force colonel Morris Davis, the chief prosecutor for the tribunals, saidprosecution planned to prove Hicks had provided "support for the al-Qaedaorganisation".
Hick's lawyer told the judge his client pleaded guiltyto a charge that says he intentionally provided support to a terrororganisation involved in hostilities against the
He denied a second charge that he providedsupported for preparation, or in carrying out, an act of terrorism.
'Lack of safeguards'
Hicks was originally charged with war crimes andconspiracy to commit murder, and critics say the new charges are less specific.
Human rights groups have criticised the tribunalsaying the process lacks legal safeguards, while the crime with which Hicks ischarged did not even exist when he was captured in 2001.
Last year the
The law permits hearsay, evidence obtained through"coercion", to be admitted and forbids detainees from appealingagainst their detentions in US courts.
News of Hicks's guilty plea was welcomed by
"My guess is he will be able to come back (to
Earlier Hicks's Australian lawyer, David McLeod, said Hickswas convinced he would not get a fair trial and might plead guilty if it wouldget him home sooner.
McLeod said there had been discussions about a potentialplea agreement under which Hicks would receive a reduced sentence if he pleadedguilty.
During Monday's initial arraignment hearing Hicks told thejudge he was satisfied with his Pentagon-appointed attorney but wanted moredefence lawyers and paralegals "to get equality with the prosecution".
But the judge, marine colonel Ralph Kohlmann, said twocivilian lawyers, including a defence department lawyer, were not authorised torepresent him.
The two were ordered to leave the defence table when Hickssaid he would not settle for them being designated as legal consultants.
One of the lawyers, Joshua Dratel, said he refused to signan agreement to abide by tribunal rules because he was concerned the provisionsdo not allow him to meet with his client in private.
Hicks has previously appeared before an earlier militarytribunal system created by a presidential order, which the
Hicks is not accused of involvement in the September 11attacks on
"I recognise that around the world, '
Source:AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16