Hicks Will Walk After 9 Months

Australian's 7-year sentence for aiding terrorists suspended in exchange for silence
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2007 11:06 AM CDT
In this courtroom sketch reviewed by U.S. Military officials, Guantanamo detainee David Hicks, left, sits with his defense counsel in the U.S. military courtroom in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Friday, March...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Australian terror suspect David Hicks will serve just nine months more in detention, the AP reports, despite receiving a seven-year sentence from a military tribunal at Guantánamo yesterday. In an extraordinary plea deal, the rest of the sentence was suspended in exchange for his silence about his treatment during his five years in detention, which became an international issue.

Under the plea deal,  Hicks signed a statement that he "has never been illegally treated" while in captivity and agreed not to sue over that treatment  or "communicate in any way with the media" for a year. Hicks, who trained in an Al  Qaeda camp to fight in Afghanistan, plead guilty to providing material support to a terrorist organization.