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Haneef likely to leave Australia, soon to be in India

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Melbourne, July 28: With the Australian Immigration Department returning his passport, Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef is likely to leave Australia and is on his way back to India.

The possibility of Haneef leaving Australia to return to his wife and new-born baby in Banagalore emerged when Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews made an announcement that he was free to return to India.

''After taking advice, from certain people including the Australian Federal Police, I have indicated that the Commonwealth has no objection to Dr Haneef departing Australia,'' Kevin Andrews said in a statement.

While the government allowed him to leave Australia, the decision to cancel his work visa has not been revoked.

''The Solicitor General has advised that despite the charge being withdrawn, it will still be open to me to reach the same conclusion as I originally did,'' the minister said.

''Accordingly, I do not propose to change my decision, and the Federal Court appeal will be resisted,'' he concluded.

Haneef, who spent almost four weeks in Australian jails on suspicions of involvement in the failed late June UK bombings, was expected to get his Indian passport very shortly.

While the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution withdrew the charges yesterday admitting a mistake been made, the Immigration Minister was still sticking by his decision to cancel Haneef's visa.

In spite of being freed by the prosecutors of all the terror accusations, Mohamed Haneef was under a government gag barring him from speaking to media.

Haneef's lawyer, Peter Russo has been talking to media for his 'relieved' client.

''He is very homesick and is anxious to meet his mother, wife and child,'' the Brisbane solicitor told reporters today.

''I understand his mother hasn't dealt well with the whole issue of what happened to her son and has been unwell since then so he is keen to get back to see her,'' he added.


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