Australia Freezes Ex-Gitmo Inmate's Assets

Prosecutors say royalties from book on Guantanamo violate law
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 9:37 AM CDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 03: Protesters and supporters of former Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks gather outside NSW supreme court on August 3, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The Australian government...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – An Australian man who was captured fighting with Taliban forces in Afghanistan and spent five years in Guantanamo Bay prison, where he says he was tortured, has had a family trust frozen by the Australian Supreme Court, reports ABC News in Australia. The trust contains money David Hicks earned from his book Guantanamo My Journey, which the prosecutor's office says violates the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The prosecutor's office says it needs time to get additional information from the United States while it investigates Hicks, but Hicks' supporters rallied this morning to show their support. "He pleaded guilty after years of torture to trumped-up charges in a military tribunal that's since been struck down by the United States supreme court," said a Green Party MP.

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