Haneef case: `Errors of fact’ surface in investigation

November 14th, 2007 - 2:07 am ICT by admin  
Dr Haneef was charged with a terrorism-related offence on July 14, but released when the DPP withdrew its charge on July 27.

The review found there were “errors of fact” made during the Australian Federal Police-led investigation.

“The review confirmed the position outlined in the media release of 27 July as to errors of fact,” a statement from commonwealth DPP Damien Bugg said.

The prosecution against the Indian national was abandoned when it emerged his SIM card was not found at the scene of an attempted bombing in Britain as alleged.

The statement said the matter had involved an ongoing complex investigation about overseas events against a backdrop of extremely serious and dangerous conduct of potentially great harm to the British public.

“Time-critical decisions had to be made in circumstances of incomplete and changing information,” the DPP statement said.

Dr Haneef, who had been working as doctor at a Gold Coast hospital at the time of his arrest, returned to India after the charge was dropped and his visa revoked.

He came under suspicion after his cousin was allegedly involved in the July bombing attempts in London and Glasgow.

Earlier this month, Haneef said that he is keen to go abroad and resume his studies or work.

In an interview with ABC TV’s Four Corners program, Dr Haneef said he was determined to regain his visa.

“The prospect, you know, of going abroad for further studies anywhere in the world or to work for any other institution in the world or attending any conference, anything like that, it all depends on me having a clear record,” he said.

“I don’t have a job at this time and I’m just relying on my… savings and what I’ve done,” news.com.au quoted him as saying.

Responding to a query on the initial charges made against him that he was trying to abscond from Australia when he tried to leave Brisbane on a one-way ticket to India on July 2, Haneef dismissed it by saying that he was not in a “false identity going out leaving the country.”

“If I were to be absconding I wouldn’t have told the hospital - they have all the details with them, they have … my home phone number, they have my address and … I was travelling with my documents with me and I had all my proofs, I was not in a false identity going out leaving the country,” he said. (ANI)

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