Fight over ex-Gitmo detainee's book profits ends

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Australian government has ended its court battle to seize profits from a book written by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

David Hicks spent more than five years at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba before a plea deal in 2007 allowed him to return to Australia to serve a nine-month prison sentence for providing material support to al-Qaida.

The government argued that he should not be allowed to profit from his autobiography because he is a convicted criminal.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Lionel Robberds told New South Wales state Supreme Court Justice Peter Garling that the government is dropping the case. He did not explain why.

In Australia, criminals can be sued for money that a federal court determines is proceeds from their crimes.

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