AUSTRALIAN STORY: DAVID HICKS SPECIAL – ABC 1 TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST 2011 @ 8.30pm
August 28, 2011 | Aus TV Highlights
In this not to be missed edition of Australian Story which airs on Tuesday 30 August 2011 @ 8.30pm, David Hicks tells his story for the first time. It’s an hour long edition of the series and Hicks sheds light on his childhood and the steps that brought him to embrace Islam and become involved with fundamentalist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
For several months, award-winning Australian Story reporter/producer Helen Grasswill has explored the Hicks case, encouraging him to reflect on his past and the actions that resulted in six years detention at the controversial US prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Grasswill doesn’t shy away from the difficult questions, pressing Hicks about his now infamous letters to his family after he spent time in a militant training camp in Pakistan and his differing explanations about why he returned to Afghanistan after the events of September 11, 2001.
As well, the program features interviews with members of Hicks’ family, key representatives of the Australian government of the day, and a number of experts who give their view on the veracity of Hicks’s claims about his time in Guantanamo and the legal case against him.