Dr. Haneef Cleared of Terror Charges
Today the Brisbane Magistrates Court in Australia announcing that all charges against Dr Haneef were dropped and declared that he is not a terrorist. This news is being widely reported and splashed across global media. This news meant not only a big relief to his wife and family members but also to millions of Indians locally as well as abroad. Ever since his ill-fated arrest connecting him to the botched up bomb attack on Glasgow airport, the Australian authorities have spared no effort to frame him as a terrorist.
On June 30th at 3 pm a green jeep smashed the glass doors of the Glasgow airport terminal in order to blow up the airport. The occupant of the jeep Kafeel Ahmed, an Indian, after a failed attempt to blow up the gas canister in his Jeep Cherokee, tried to immolate himself. The Uk Police investigating to the failed bomb attack arrested four foreign doctors based in UK, two of them were Indians and the rest were from Middle-Eastern countries. As a follow up to the investigation Dr Haneef arrested by the Australian police under counter-terrorism laws.
The 27 year old Haneef hails from Mudigere in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Dr. Haneef had come to Australia from England on a 457 Visa sponsored by Queensland Health. Just after the botched bomb attack on Glasgow airport in UK, Mohammad Haneef who was working in Gold Coast Hospital was taken into custody while he was trying to leave the country.
Dr Haneef despite being given a bail by the local magistrate was once again put under house arrest by the Australian police as his visa was revoked on character grounds. The Immigration Minister Kevin Andrew revoked the 457 working visa of Dr Haneef. For the wife of Dr Haneef who had just delivered, it seemed a never ending ordeal.
The Indian government was gracious enough to extend all possible consular assistant to Dr Haneef to fight his case. Dr Haneef though belonging to the minority community of India, by and large all the section of people and press of India was extremely supportive and sympathetic to his case. They believed that the Australian government was detaining him on clumsy ground and that he was innocent.
Now that the Brisbane Magistrate has cleared him of the charges of being a terrorist the stand of the Indian government and its people belief on Dr Haneef’s innocence stand vindicated. It is said that the Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews is to reverse his decision to revoke the 457 working visa of Dr Mohamed Haneef. Earlier Andrew had revoked Dr Haneef visa on character grounds.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution Damian Bugg admitted the faux pas committed by the Australian government on Dr Haneef case. He added that an inquiry will be conducted to inquire how the mistake occurred.
As reported in his joint press conference with Australian federal commissioner Mick Keelty, Mr Bugg said one of his prosecutors had committed two errors before the court. The first one was related to the SIM card and based on the misunderstanding of the facts. Dr Haneef was arrested on the ground that he lend support to the UK terror plot as his SIM card was found in possession of Kaleef, the man who tired to blow himself up after the failed Glasgow bomb attack. The fact was that Haneef’s SIM card had been found in the possession of the brother of a terrorism suspect in Liverpool. The second error was that Dr Haneef had once lived with some of the UK bombing suspects, which turned out to incorrect.
Now whether Dr Haneef will be allowed to stay back or deported to India still remains unknown but the news of his being cleared of terrorist charges will be heartily welcomed by the UK based Indian doctors and greeted gleefully by all Indians.
Dr. Haneef Cleared of Terror Charges
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