Guantanamo military commission judge says maximum Hicks sentence 7 years Michael Sung at 10:15 AM ET
[JURIST] The judge presiding over the military commission [JURIST news archive] for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] said Friday that Hicks would be be subject to a maximum seven-year prison sentence under the terms of his plea bargain. The judge's comments came the day after the chief prosecutor in the case, USAF Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF], said that that he was planning to ask for a sentence "substantially less" than 20 years [AP report]. Hicks was due in court Friday to enter his guilty plea [JURIST report] under oath, which requires him to confess to specific instances of providing support for al Qaeda. He is expected to serve his sentence in Australia [JURIST report].
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