Haneef should not have been charged: reportOn 09/30/2019 by admin
The inquiry into the arrest of Mohamed Haneef on terrorism charges has found that he should not have been charged and that the cancellation of his visa and his deportation should have been deferred.
The report of the inquiry, which is expected to be released today, has cleared the former Howard government of any political motivation in ordering the detention and later deportation of the Indian doctor from the Gold Coast in July last year, The Australian newspaper reports.
Howard government immigration minister Kevin Andrews also has been cleared of any improper behaviour in cancelling Dr Haneef\’s visa.
Former NSW Supreme Court judge John Clarke QC, who chaired the inquiry, found that the most likely reason Mr Andrews cancelled Dr Haneef\’s visa was that he had grave suspicions as a result of the material put before him and he genuinely believed the community wanted him to act decisively, Fairfax reports.
However, the Clarke report finds that the former minister did not “reflect deeply enough” on what was a “rambling brief” from his department on Dr Haneef, The Australian says.
Mr Clarke suggests there should be clearer guidelines for laying terrorism charges, more cooperation between the police and intelligence agencies, direct ASIO advice to the immigration minister on deportation cases and a standing review of the terror laws and federal police, the paper says.
The Australian says it understands the government will announce the creation of a joint House of Representatives and Senate committee on law enforcement to extend parliamentary oversight of intelligence agencies and federal police.
Dr Haneef spent two weeks in police custody without charge after being arrested while trying to board a flight to Bangalore at Brisbane International Airport in relation to a failed UK terror plot.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) finally charged him with recklessly providing support to a terrorist organisation for giving his mobile phone SIM card to his cousin Sabeel Ahmed, the brother of Kafeel Ahmed who died after driving the flaming jeep into Glasgow Airport.
The charge collapsed within days but Dr Haneef was unable to return to his job at the Gold Coast Hospital because of a fight with the Department of Immigration over his visa.
Mr Clarke finished his inquiry several weeks ago but the government delayed releasing his report at the request of authorities in Britain, where a terror trial was still under way, Fairfax reports.
Last week\’s conviction of an Iraqi doctor who tried to murder hundreds of people in London and Glasgow cleared the way for Attorney-General Robert McClelland to finally release the report, the report said.