Secret plan to thwart release of Haneef 'normal process' : AFP

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Sydney, Nov 2 (UNI) A so-called secret plan to thwart the release of Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef on bail was part of ''proper processes'', the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said today.

The Australian newspaper reported confidential emails between top AFP agents and a senior public servant advising Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews show contingencies had been developed in the event Dr Haneef was freed by Brisbane magistrate Jacqui Payne.

Dr Haneef was tried and cleared of terrorism charges in connection with failed London and Glasgow terror attacks.

''Contingencies for containing Mr Haneef and detaining him under the Migration Act, if it was the case he was granted bail on Monday, were in place as per arrangements today,'' an email said.

The paper reported that under the Migration Act such a plan necessarily needed to involve Mr Andrews who always maintained his decision to revoke Dr Haneef's visa was unrelated to the Brisbane court proceedings.

The email, written by Brisbane-based counter-terrorism coordinator David Craig to commanders of the AFP's counter-terrorism unit on Saturday, July 14, was forwarded to a top adviser to Mr Andrews, Immigration Department public servant Peter White, on the morning of Monday July 16, the paper says.

A spokeswoman for the AFP today said the newspaper report showed police were following proper processes. ''The email relates to normal operational contingency planning,'' she said.

Meanwhile, Greens Senator Kerry Nettle has demanded the resignation of Mr Andrews over his handling of the case against the former Gold Coast-based doctor.

However, a spokeswoman for Mr Andrews has rejected suggestions he was involved in a conspiracy.

Senator Nettle said if he will not resign, the Prime Minister should sack him.

''The evidence points to him conspiring to subvert the court's decision to release Dr Haneef,'' she said.

''We cannot have a minister in this Government that operates in that way to try to undermine the processes that are going on in our courts,'' Mr Nettle said.

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