What Is a Hicks-Style Plea Bargain for Assange?
JUSTICE, 21 Aug 2023
The Australian media is saying a David Hicks-style plea with the U.S. is possible for #Assange. This is what a Hicks-style plea deal looked like. I filmed him here in 2012, three years before his conviction on a bogus charge was overturned, leaving him with no criminal record… pic.twitter.com/24wTSqXE7i
— Cathy Vogan (@CathyVoganSPK) August 15, 2023
David Hicks took a so-called Alford Plea to get out of Guantanamo, in which he pled guilty to a single charge, but was allowed to assert his innocence at the same time. Such a plea could be offered to Assange. (Watch video below)
14 Aug 2023 – The Australian media is reporting that a David Hicks-style plea deal with the U.S. is possible for Julian Assange.
Hicks, an Australian citizen, was detained as an alleged terrorist for five years at Guantanamo Bay and in 2007 his release back to Australia was negotiated by the government of Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Hicks was jailed in Australia for an additional seven months.
Hicks took a so-called Alford Plea to get out of Guantanamo, in which he pled guilty to a single charge, but was allowed to assert his innocence at the same time on the grounds that he understood he would not receive a fair trial. Such a plea could be offered to Assange.
This is what the Hicks-style plea deal looked like.
He was filmed him here in 2012 by Cathy Vogan, now executive producer of Consortium News‘ CN Live!, three years before his conviction on the bogus charge was overturned on appeal, leaving him with no criminal record whatsoever.
In 2016 Australia was condemned by the U.N. Human Rights Committee for its treatment of Hicks, issuing the following statement:
“GENEVA (17 February 2016) – Australia violated the rights of former Guantanamo inmate David Hicks by keeping him in jail for several months under a transfer deal agreed with the US authorities, despite the fact that the sentence imposed on the Australian national was the result of a ‘flagrant denial of justice’, UN human rights experts have said. ‘Transfer agreements are important, because they allow prisoners convicted abroad to serve their sentences in their own country. But States should not carry out a sentence if there is ample evidence that the trial clearly violated the defendant’s rights, as was the case with Mr. Hicks,’ said Fabian Salvioli, Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee.”
Tags: Assange, Guantanamo, Journalism, Justice, Media, Terrorism, USA, WikiLeaks
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