Oz govt calls it quits in Dr Haneefs case, but Police still investigating

January 17th, 2008 - 12:25 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Jan 17 (ANI): The last ditch effort by the Australian Government to scuttle restoration of Indian doctor Dr Mohammed Haneefs work visa failed yesterday when Immigration Minister Chris Evans announced that there would be no appeal to the High Court in the case.

But, Australian Federal Police (AFP) said that they were still investigating the case against Dr Haneef that he might have a hand in the car bombing at Glasgow Airport in Scotland last June.

An AFP spokeswoman confirmed that Dr Haneef still remained under investigation.

“The investigation into Operation Rain is continuing. We are unable to make any further comment,” Australian daily The Age quoted her as saying while referring to the name of the police investigation related to Dr Haneef.

Dr Haneef’s working visa was restored to him on December 21 when the full Federal Court dismissed a federal government appeal against an earlier court decision that the visa should be reinstated. Yesterday the Australian Government had decided not to appeal against the Federal Courts decision.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Federal Labour Government is also learnt to have pledged to hold an inquiry into the handling of Dr Haneef’s case.

A spokesman for Attorney-General Robert McClelland said yesterday that arrangements for establishing the inquiry were still being considered, including its timing.

The former Gold Coast doctor was initially charged with supporting a terrorist operation after his old mobile phone SIM card was linked to figures involved in the Glasgow bombing, but the charge was dropped within a fortnight. (ANI)

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