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Terror Suspect Will Get Day in Court

March 26, 2004|From Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia — Australian terrorist suspect David Hicks will be able to challenge his detention at the Guantanamo Bay military base in eastern Cuba before the U.S. Supreme Court, his Australian lawyer said today.

The court has agreed to hear the matter of jurisdiction April 20, said attorney Stephen Kenny. Previous challenges over the legality of the detentions have been rejected on the basis that the facility is in Cuba and therefore outside U.S. courts' jurisdiction, Kenny said.

Hicks, a former Australian cowboy, has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years after his capture by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, allegedly fighting alongside the Taliban.

He and another detainee are the only ones to have been appointed a U.S. military lawyer. He has yet to be charged, and it is not known when he would face a military tribunal.

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