Australia pressed US to modify charges against Hicks: report Ryan Olden at 7:14 PM ET
[JURIST] High-ranking officials in the Australian government pressured the US government to reduce terror charges against Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives], according to a report in The Australian on Tuesday. Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official profile] and other officials personally asked the US Department of Defense and the Department of Justice [official websites] to expedite the charges, starting in January 2004. Australian efforts intensified after the US Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] that the military commission [JURIST news archive] that had charged Hicks was illegal and that the crime with which he was charged, conspiracy, did not exist in the laws of war.
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