David Hicks, an Australian man who joined the Taliban, has been flown back home, Australia after being transfered from the US prison in Guanatanamo Bay.
Hicks was flown in a private jet to his hometown of Adelaide on Sunday morning to serve the remaing nine months of his seven-year prison sentence, Australian government officials said.
"Mr. Hicks is now in the custody of the South Australian correctional services," Philip Ruddock, Australia's attorney general, said in a statement soon after his plane touched down on Sunday.
The 31-year-old, who is the first "terrorist suspect" to be convicted by a US military commission in Cuba, is to be transferred to an Adelaide prison to serve the rest of his sentence for aiding al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
He will be placed in the high-security G-division at Yatala, alongside Australia's worst serial killers, a gang of four who murdered 11 people and disposed of several bodies in barrels hidden in a disused bank vault.
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Hicks, a convert to Islam, confessed to receiving training from al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan prior to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001.
As part of a plea-bargin with US prosecutors he admitted to one count of giving material support and agreed to co-operate with US investigators.
In return, the US government gave him a seven-year jail sentence - much of which he had already served - and agreed to let him complete a portion of the sentence in Australia.
His military attorney, Major Michael Mori, portrayed Hicks as an apologetic soldier wannabe who never shot at anyone and ran away when he got a taste of battle.