Haneef wants to return to Australia to finish his medical training

December 21st, 2007 - 11:56 am ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Dec 21 (ANI): Indian born doctor Mohamed Haneef wants to return to finish his medical training in Australia, but he is also concerned about his wife’s wishes.
Haneefs lawyer Peter Russo said, “It’s always been Haneef’s wish to come back, but he’s also concerned about what his wife wants.”
“I don’t think he wants to put himself in a position where she would have to go through the trauma she went through the first time he was detained,” Russo added
But, Dr Haneef also needs to have a job to return to Australia again.
“We’re … trying to ascertain whether he still can have his job at the Gold Coast Hospital,” Russo said.
He said that he was unsure whether family issues would prevent Dr Haneef to return and work in Australia.
Haneef wanted to complete his medical training at the Gold Coast hospital, news.com.au quoted Russo, as saying.
Haneef has won his latest court battle to return and work in Australia.

The full bench of the Federal Court, sitting in Melbourne, today dismissed an appeal lodged by the Australian Government lawyers against a Justice Jeffrey Spender’s decision to reinstate Dr Haneef’s visa.

The decision was shown on video link in Brisbane.

Chief Justice Michael Black’s decision in Melbourne came a month after a one-day hearing of the case in Brisbane.

In August, Justice Jeffrey Spender overturned then Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews’ decision to cancel the Indian doctor’s 457-work visa on character grounds because of his association with alleged UK terror suspects Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed.
Dr Haneef, a registrar at the Gold Coast Hospital, was arrested and charged in July in connection with the Glasgow terror attacks and later deported by the Howard Government, despite the charges being dropped for lack of evidence.

Dr Haneef was arrested at Brisbane Airport on July 2, shortly after the failed UK terrorist plot, but a charge of providing support to terrorism was dropped later.

The charges were dropped less than two weeks later after Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions announced there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction.

Dr Haneef has spent most of the past five months at his home in Bangalore, but Russo has repeatedly said that he wants to return to work on the Gold Coast.

Dr Haneef is presently in Mecca in Saudi Arabia on the annual pilgrimage. (ANI)

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