ADELAIDE, Australia - Convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks will walk free tomorrow after being held captive in Guantanamo and Australia for nearly seven years, though the Australian government has imposed strict controls on his movements.
Hicks became the first person convicted at a U.S. war-crimes trial since World War II when he pleaded guilty in March to providing material support to al-Qaeda during the U.S.-led Afghan invasion.
He was captured in December 2001 by the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, where he had been fighting with the Taliban. A month later, he was sent to the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
A U.S. military tribunal sentenced him to seven years in prison, with all but nine months suspended. He was allowed to serve the rest of his term in his hometown of Adelaide.