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Haneef not be extradited to UK: Australia

Melbourne, July 15
Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, charged in connection with the last month’s failed car bomb attacks in Britain, will not be extradited to the UK while proceedings against him continue in Australia, according to attorney general Philip Ruddock.

Haneef, 27, who was taken into custody on July 2 when he attempted to leave Australia on a one-way ticket, was charged yesterday with providing “reckless” support to a terrorist group and is being held until at least tomorrow when a Brisbane court decides whether to grant him bail or not.

“In relation to extradition, Australia would not normally surrender a person for extradition where there were outstanding matters that had to be dealt with here,” Ruddock was quoted as saying by ‘The Age’ today.

“We have another case involving a gentleman charged with terrorist offences in Sydney who has been sought in Lebanon,” he said, adding that “the fact that he has been sought in Lebanon is a matter that will be dealt with when any of the charges that remain here to be concluded have been finalised”.

Ruddock also indicated that a police raid on a Perth home yesterday was linked to the recent terrorism threats in the UK. — PTI




‘Slack’ probe against Kafeel concerns sleuths

New Delhi, July 15
Indian investigators probing the background of Kafeel Ahmed, detained in connection with the terror plot in UK, are concerned at the "possible slackness" in the sharing of information by their British counterparts.

It is believed that Western agencies had tapped Kafeel's chats on the Internet and his downloading of information on bomb-making but this was not shared with Indian agencies, said sources involved in investigating Kafeel's activities in India.

The Indian agencies have drawn the attention of their British counterparts to a news report from London which suggested that Kafeel had met a top Al-Qaeda operative over four years ago.

Bomb-maker Abbas Boutrab met the Bangalore-based engineering student in Belfast, where Kafeel was then a graduate student at Queen's University.

Boutrab was arrested in April 2003 and data found on his computer showed he had information on adapting ordinary electronic devices — including a cassette recorder — to detonate explosives in aircraft. He was convicted of possessing information on bomb-making and sentenced to prison for six years.

Evidence given at his trial stated he was part of an Al-Qaeda plot to smuggle bombs onto aircraft and detonate them as they circled over a major American city.

However, British authorities refrained from giving any direct reply to queries from the Indian side on this issue, the sources said. The sources also said Kafeel allegedly assembled bombs with information gleaned from websites. — PTI


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