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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australia Expects Hicks Sent Home

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's foreign minister said Tuesday that he expected an Australian terrorist suspect would soon be returned to serve a prison sentence after he pleaded guilty at a U.S. military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

David Hicks, 31, pleaded guilty to a war crimes charge of providing material support to terrorism, becoming the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to plead guilty to terrorism-related charges at the U.S. Navy facility.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said he expected that Hicks would return to Australia under an agreement with Washington that Hicks would be allowed to serve any sentence in an Australian prison if convicted.

"My guess is he will be able to come back [to Australia] fairly soon," Downer told the Australian Broadcasting radio station.