Freed Indian doctor wants to leave Australia
Sydney, July 28: An Indian doctor freed from jail after Australia dropped charges against him of supporting terrorism wants to leave the country as soon as he receives visa clearance from immigration authorities, his lawyer said today.
Mohamed Haneef was released from prison late yesterday after Australian authorities abandoned the case against him, saying there was a lack of evidence to prove his connection with a failed car bomb plot in Britain.
''He hopes to go home as soon as possible and it could be as early as this evening if his work visa is reinstated,'' Haneef's lawyer Stephen Keim told Reuters. ''We are still awaiting final confirmation from the immigration minister.'' Haneef, 27, had been charged with recklessly supporting terrorism by providing a relative in Britain his second cousin Sabeel Ahmed with his mobile phone SIM card.
Prosecutors told an Australian court that Haneef's SIM card was found in the burning jeep in Glasgow, although prosecutors yesterday agreed the SIM card was found with Sabeel, as Haneef had told them all along.
Haneef, detained by Australian police on July 2 as he was about to leave Australia for India, remains under residential detention at a secret location in Brisbane, Queensland.
Police in Britain have charged three people over the car bomb attacks, including Sabeel, who is accused of failing to disclose information that could have prevented an attack.
Another of Haneef's second cousins, Kafeel Ahmed, remains in hospital after being badly burned when a jeep was driven into an airport terminal in Glasgow and set ablaze.
Haneef said he left his mobile phone SIM card with Sabeel in Liverpool in mid-2006, when Haneef left Britain to work in Australia.