The Australian government on Tuesday dropped its case against David Hicks in which it sought to block the former Guantanamo detainee from profiting from "Guantanamo: My Journey," a book he wrote about his experiences.
Hicks, described as a former kangaroo skinner and Outback cowboy who left Australia for Afghanistan, was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001 and sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, the Associated Press reports.
While in Guantanamo, Hicks pleaded guilty to providing material support to Al Qaeda. In Australia, criminals can be sued in federal court for proceeds earned from their crimes.
Hicks' case was complicated by a few factors. The exact standing of the military commission in Guantanamo was not clear. Hicks has claimed that his admission was made under duress, which, his legal team said, included "instances of severe beatings, sleep deprivation and other conditions of detention that contravene international human rights norms."