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Australian 'terror' convict freed
An Australian sentenced by the United States for supporting terrorism has been freed from a prison in Australia, after completing his term. David Hicks was sentenced in March in the US after spending five years in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Under a plea deal with prosecutors, he was jailed for seven years, with all but nine months of the sentence suspended.
He was returned to Australia in May as part of the deal.
Hicks was released from the maximum security prison Yalata in Adelaide without speaking to the assembled press, leaving his lawyer David McLeod to read a statement on his behalf.
"I had hoped to be able to speak to the media but I am just not strong enough at the moment, it's as simple as that," the statement said.
The father, Terry Hicks, told the press outside the prison nothing had been proven against his son.
"David's done five-and-a-half years pretty tough, David has done time for whatever," he said.
Hicks, 32, a convert to Islam who later renounced the faith, was taken prisoner in 2001 in Afghanistan and accused of terrorism links.
He admitted training with al-Qaeda and meeting its leader Osama bin Laden, whom he described as "lovely", according to police evidence presented in court.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and thatís what I intend to reverse.
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