Father of Australian David Hicks speaks to reporters at Guantanamo.
Terry Hicks (R) and attorney Stephen Kenny talk to reporters about David Hicks' appearance before a military commission at the Guantanamo Naval Base August 25, 2004. David Hicks, formally charged on Wednesday with war crimes by a U.S. military tribunal, pleaded not guilty. David, a 29-year-old convert to Islam who was arrested during the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan in late 2001, sat stone-faced through a daylong hearing as his lawyers challenged whether the panel could try him fairly on charges of plotting attacks against America and its allies. He is among the first four suspected al Qaeda fighters held at a remote U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face criminal charges of conspiring to commit war crimes, and the second to appear before a military tribunal this week for pretrial hearings. REUTERS/Mark Wilson/POOL mw/as/JDP