Australian govt must pay compensation: Haneef

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Sydney, Jan 23: Tired of being called a terror suspect, Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef has said he will be ''grateful'' if the Australian government will consider paying him compensation for his ordeal.

''I've lost everything,'' the Indian medic, wrongly accused of having links with failed London car bombings, said. He said though he was acquitted, the accusation would always cast aspersions on his person and career as a doctor. ''I've lost my job, my career. Any western country I would like to go to do my further studies, there would be a question, I would say, about this issue,'' Dr Haneef told Bulletin magazine in an interview to be published today.

The 28-year-old medic wants to resume his studies at a Queensland hospital, but his lawyer Peter Russo would not advise him to return while the Australian Federal Police maintained it was continuing the investigations.

The Goldcoast doctor said he is tired of being labelled a ''former terror suspect''.

He appealed to the media to stop using the description as it was ''continuing to muddy my name and professional standing''.

''This label makes me feel bad. It's not true-- I had nothing to do with terror,'' Dr Haneef said.

''While I should be grateful to the Australian media for their incessant support, it's up to the media to get back with the normalcy of deleting these things whenever they refer to me and this topic,'' he said.

Dr Haneef made it clear that he would not return to Australia until the Federal Police announced their investigations into the case complete.

''They had me there for 27 days. They had whatever was available in front of them. They didn't have even a single stuff out of it against me,'' he said.


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