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Proof against Haneef incorrect, admits police

Melbourne, July 21
The Australian police has admitted that crucial evidence against Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef that his mobile phone SIM card was found at the scene of a UK car bomb plot is incorrect.

It had not been confirmed the SIM card was found at the scene of the Glasgow airport attack, as prosecutors alleged during the terror suspect’s bail hearing last weekend, federal police sources have told Fairfax newspapers.

The revelation has cast fresh doubts over the handling of the Haneef case by the Australian federal police.

Criticism has come from Peter Faris QC, who has backed the government’s new anti-terror laws and Queensland premier Peter Beattie, who has expressed concern.

The SIM card, the smart card in mobile phones, was found in the possession of one of Haneef’s cousins, Sabeel Ahmed, in Liverpool, hundreds of kilometres away from the failed Glasgow bombing.

No official attempt has been made to correct the public record, despite police sources telling Fairfax they had been aware of the error for some time, according to The Australian newspaper today.

Asked why Haneef would have provided his SIM card if he knew it was to be used for the purposes of terrorism, prosecutor Clive Porritt, from the office of the Commonwealth director of public prosecutions (DPP), told the court that it had been intended that the SIM card would be destroyed in the planned explosion when the Proof against Haneef incorrect, admits police

jeep was rammed into the Glasgow airport doors.

A spokeswoman for the DPP said: “It is not appropriate for us to comment on matters before the court.”

Meanwhile, Haneef could win his freedom in court because of apparent mistakes in a departmental briefing that led immigration minister Kevin Andrews to order his detention.

“Even one error of fact could be enough to undermine the government’s case,” constitutional lawyer George Williams was quoted as saying by The Australian today.

Those mistakes are expected to be raised in the federal court by Haneef’s lawyers when they challenge the government’s decision to revoke his visa. — PTI

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Haneef’s wife hopeful
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, July 21
United Kingdom terror suspect Dr Mohammed Haneef’s wife today took the bull by the horn and spoke about what everyone is insinuating but not speaking about. Haneef’s SIM card and its alleged role in the Glasgow bombings. After Australian police admitting that the evidence against Haneef was incorrect, Haneef’s wife is hopeful.

Haneef’s family has been maintaining that his SIM card had been the cause of his present condition. They have been maintaining that Haneef had handed over his SIM card to his cousin Sabeel before leaving the United Kingdom for Australia as there was some balance left in the account.

Haneef’s wife Firdous Arshiya claimed she was now sure that her husband would come out clean with his honour intact. She said she was confident of a fair trial and said the support being extended to Haneef by the Indian government had boosted the spirits of the entire family. She said the family was however concerned over the fact that Haneef was being kept in solitary confinement, which could have an adverse psychological impact on any person.

Explaining about her relative Imran Siddiqui, she said Imran had gone abroad so that he could act as a communicator between Haneef and his lawyer Peter Russo. She said Imran would also be able to give moral support to Haneef at this crucial juncture and also present the family’s case in a more “humane” manner.

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