Australia's Prime Minister John Howard denied on Wednesday a media report that he made a deal with US Vice President Dick Cheney to get an Australian al-Qaida supporter released from the American military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
David Hicks, a 32-year-old former kangaroo skinner, is serving a prison sentence in his southern Australian hometown of Adelaide after pleading guilty at Guantanamo in March to providing material support to al-Qaida.
Hicks was captured by the US-backed Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2001. He is due for release in December as part of a plea bargain.
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