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Australian Minister tries to explain reasons behind holding of doctor

For the past several days, the Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews has been facing a torrid time in relation to the holding of Indian-born doctor Dr. Mohamed Haneef for investigation related to the attempted terrorist attacks in Britain. He has been accused of stubbornness, unwillingness to admit a mistake, and willfully holding a person on flimsy charges. In addition, the Minister also canceled the Australian visa of the doctor and refused to admit any mistake or apologize. For these actions, he has been soundly criticized and berated in the media.
Now the Minister has decided to hit back, and explain some of the reasons why, in his view, he was justified in keeping the doctor under custody and refuse to acknowledge that there was any wrong-doing that happened:

Under pressure to explain why he would not reinstate Dr Haneef’s visa after the dropping of a charge against the former terror suspect, the minister yesterday made public previously unreleased material to justify his stance.
“Importantly, there was … a chat room conversation with Dr Haneef’s brother in India on the afternoon before his attempted hasty departure from Australia,” Mr Andrews said, citing a record of the second police interview with Dr Haneef. “In it, the brother of Haneef, Shoaib, says ‘nothing has been found out about you’ and asked when Dr Haneef would be getting out, to which Haneef replied ‘today’.
“The brother told him to ‘tell them that you have to leave as you have a daughter born, do not tell them anything else’. “The brother then said not to delay his departure and not to let anyone else use his number in Australia, nor to give it to anyone. “The brother added that ‘auntie’ told him that brother Kafeel used it in some sort of project over there,” Mr Andrews said, in a reference to UK bombing accused Kafeel Ahmed.

Overall this sounds suspicious, but the police have not been able to find any evidence against Dr. Haneef, and they have to let him go. The fact remains that they did not find any level of evidence that could be presented in court and justify the detention of Dr. Haneef. However, such evidence will make it more difficult for Dr. Haneef to convince a court to revoke his Australian visa.
This case also highlights the issues related to terrorism and how to prevent it. Prima facie the Australian police have not been able to find evidence against Dr. Haneef, and hence have to let him go. It is also possible that they have evidence which is circumstantial and not admissible in court, or not enough to let a court rule on his behalf.

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