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Australian David Hicks has been held without trial in Guantanamo Bay for more than five years after being captured in Afghanistan in late 2001.

US files terror charge against Hicks

Friday Mar 2
Judge Susan Crawford dismissed a second charge of attempted murder against Hicks after concluding there was no "probable cause" to justify it, said Commander Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman.
The military offered no immediate explanation for why the attempted murder charge had been dropped.
But Hicks' military lawyer Major Michael Mori said it was an admission by the US that the charges laid originally against Hicks were made up and had no basis in law and fact.
"It's disgusting that he has spent five years in Guantanamo for made-up charges," Maj Mori told reporters in Melbourne.
"Now they are doing it again. They are repeating history by creating a new crime after the fact and trying to apply it to David retroactively."
Major Mori said he would seek a meeting with Australia's attorney general to complain about the new charge and demand Australia act to bring Hicks home.
"It's about time they took some action and just didn't rely on US assurances in the matter," he said.

Hicks's father Terry Hicks said he felt no relief that charges had been laid and had no renewed faith in the federal government over the progress in his son's case.

[Australian PM] Mr Howard has recently been pressing the US to deal quickly with Hicks.

But Terry Hicks said: "To me it still looks as if they want this over and dealt with and finished before the (federal) elections."

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