David Hicks to appear in court over assault

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21/11/16 — David Hicks leaving the Elizabeth magistrates court picture Simon Cross

Paul W. PurcellThe Advertiser

By Rick Goodman

FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee and terror suspect David Hicks is expected to face court in Adelaide charged with assaulting his partner.

Hicks, who spent five years in the US prison camp on terrorism charges, is due to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The 41-year-old is accused of assaulting his partner at Craigmore in September 2016 and he is yet to plead to the charge.

Adelaide-born Hicks was picked up in 2001 by US forces in Afghanistan, where he joined an al-Qaeda training camp, and detained at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba until 2006.

He pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support for terrorism in a deal that allowed most of his seven-year sentence to be suspended and for him to return to Australia.

The terrorism conviction was appealed in 2013 and overturned by a US military court in 2014, bringing an end to the long legal saga.

Since his release, Hicks has told of suffering anger, depression and insanity while incarcerated, claiming he was tortured and considered taking his own life.

He married human rights activities Aloysia Brooks after his release from prison but the couple has since split and the alleged assault victim is another woman.

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