Haneef lawyers ask inquiry into charges framed against him

Written by:
Subscribe to Oneindia News

Melbourne, Oct 13 (UNI) Indian Doctor Mohammed Haneef's legal team has asked for an inquiry into the charges framed against him after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) admitted of providing inaccurate information to the court in the case.

The former Queensland hospital doctor was arrested on July 2 and released on July 27 following withdrawal of the charges by DPP.

Now, Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrew would be facing hard times as Commonwealth DPP Damien Bugg released a statement yesterday saying, ''The review confirmed the position outlined in the media release of 27 July as to errors of fact''.

The Australian Minister had withdrawn Dr Haneef's temporary work visa leading to his imprisonment.

The Australian prosecution initially alleged that Dr Haneef's SIM was found at the scene of the failed bombing at Glasgow Airport. The UK police later confirmed that the SIM card was far away from the crime scene in Liverpool and had nothing to do with the bombings.

Mr Damian Bugg, has now also confirmed that the court was misinformed about the location of Dr Haneef's SIM card.

Mr Peter Russo, Dr Haneef's lawyer, has welcomed the finding and is of the opinion that it was a flawed case from the very beginning.

''The difficulty with what's happened really now is it has left it open. It's really created more questions than it has actually answered,'' he has been quoted as saying by the Australian media.

''Perhaps it's something that needs to have an inquiry because the biggest difficulty we've got is that we don't know where the misinformation came from,'' Mr Russo added.

Dr Haneef is still trying to get his visa restored in the Australian courts. His appeal would be heard on November 15.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, a Federal Court judge has criticised the Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews over the 'involuntary removal' of a man to New Zealand. In what is being considered as an 'unprecedented' attack, the judge has gone to the extent of labeling the Immigration Minister's action as "truly disgraceful".


Please Wait while comments are loading...