Oz court to decide on Haneef's work visa on Dec 21

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Melbourne, Dec 19: Indian doctor and a former terror suspect Mohamed Haneef will learn on Friday whether he has won his latest legal battle to return to work in Australia, media reports here said.

A Federal court spokesman said Chief Justice Michael Black would hand down his decision on Friday. In August, a Federal Court Judge overturned then Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews' decision to cancel the Indian doctor's 457 work visa on character grounds because of his association with alleged UK terror suspects Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed.

However, lawyers for the Immigration Minister appealed the decision before the full bench of the Federal Court in Brisbane in November and the three-member panel of judges reserved their decision.

Dr Haneef was arrested at the Brisbane International Airport in July, shortly after the failed terror plots in London and Glasgow Airport, and was held in custody for 12 days before being charged with supporting terrorism.

The charges were dropped less than two weeks later after Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions announced there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction.


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