Haneef’s lawyer surprised by Oz police chief’s comment

November 14th, 2007 - 2:45 am ICT by admin  
Commissioner Keelty personally sounded out prosecutors that there was insufficient evidence against the former Gold Coast Hospital registrar.

In an interview with The Bulletin published this week, Keelty said he warned the DPP that the evidence against the Indian national was thin.

“Mine was an opinion that I expressed to the DPP, but I understood all the time that the prosecutor was independent of me and independent of the investigation and needed to come up with a view for himself,” Keelty told the magazine.

“I’m surprised because that is totally contrary to everything he has said up to date,” Peter Russo told ABC Radio.

“He’s trying to suggest that there was more to this matter than what everybody knew about,” he said.

“I don’t know where it comes from or why he has done this, but I’m astounded at this late stage that he just comes out,” Russo added.

Dr Haneef was granted bail on July 16, but Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews intervened hours later to cancel his visa.

Andrews is now resisting Dr Haneef’s attempts to get his visa back, and has appealed against a Federal Court ruling that he made a jurisdictional error in cancelling the doctor’s visa in July, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Russo said that Keelty’s revelations would be of little use to them during the appeal set for November 15 in a Federal Court.

Dr Haneef spent almost four weeks behind bars after being charged with recklessly providing support to a terrorist organisation, by giving a SIM card to a second cousin, Sabeel Ahmed, in England in 2006.

Sabeel Ahmed was charged with withholding information about a terrorist attack after his brother, Kafeel Ahmed, was found at the wheel of a vehicle that crashed into the entrance of Glasgow Airport on June 30, a day after a bomb plot was foiled in London.

The charge against Dr Haneef was dropped in July, as the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Damian Bugg, conceded that there was insufficient evidence. (ANI)

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