Over the years I have been rather hard line about the activities of David Hicks so the news that he is to have the control order lifted when it expires shortly makes me just a little concerned.
FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks is considering writing a book after he is released from his control order this Christmas, but is content for now to continue his job of potting plants in a Sydney nursery
After Australian Federal Police confirmed last night they would not apply for an extension of the control order on Mr Hicks, which includes a strict curfew and bans him from using the internet or a public telephone, he described the decision last night as “a great relief for my family and me”.
“I owe the Australian people a lot,” he said. “The decision not to renew my control order will allow me … to move on with my life. Thank you.”
The AFP confirmed late yesterday it would not renew the order, just hours after Mr Hicks launched a video appeal for it to be lifted.
The fact that he is holding down a job, has a steady relationship and appears to be doing the right thing by his kids suggests that the time might well be right to take him off the leash. I sincerely hope that his apparent good intentions are borne out by good actions for the rest of his life.