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Police denies dossier linking Haneef to Al-Qaida
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, August 2
The Bangalore police today said it did not have any information that Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef was linked to the Al-Qaida as claimed in a section of the Australian media.

Aussie SBS television had claimed last night that it had obtained an unsigned dossier compiled by the Bangalore police which had during investigation after the Glasgow terror attack found that Dr Haneef had links with the Al-Qaida.

Bangalore police joint commissioner Gopal Hosur, who was heading a team which had conducted a preliminary inquiry into Haneef’s character after the terror attacks, said the reports were “incorrect and false. We have not prepared any such dossier”, he said adding there was no need to send any report on Haneef’s character to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as the same was not requested. “Even if any report had to be sent it would be routed through proper channel only,” Hosur added.

The police officer said the city police had conducted a preliminary check on Dr Haneef and the Ahmed brothers Kafeel and Sabeel. “Nothing incriminating has been found against Dr Haneef during investigations and the preliminary inquiry did not throw up any evidence of Dr Haneef having links with any militant organisation,” Hosur said.

Haneef’s lawyer Peter Russo, who is presently in Mysore, said the latest disclosures on SBS were “simply untrue”. “I do not understand from where they are getting this information when the existence of any such dossier is doubtful”, he said wondering whether such “disclosures” were aimed at weakening his clients case for restoration of his work visa which comes up for hearing on August 8.

Russo said the charges against Haneef had been dropped despite knowledge of all facts which were now appearing in the media, while apparently referring to the release of part of the chat room transcript between Haneef and his brother. He said his client had a strong case to get his visa restored and wondered whether “new information” of the like of the police report citing Al-Qaida links would be used to cancel his visa again.

Meanwhile, according to sources, the city police did have a “talk” with Haneef after he returned to the city after spending 25 days in detention in Brisbane. The sources said the city police wanted to know whether he had any financial dealings with his cousins Kafeel and Sabeel, who are accused of being involved in the Glasgow bombing. The probe against Haneef’s cousin Kafeel is ongoing and the city police are in the process of questioning people as and when required in the case, they added.



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