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Friday, 27 July 2007

Terror Charge Against Doctor Dropped

Daily Express Headline; says: 'Australia's top prosecutor dropped a terror charge against an Indian doctor accused of supporting the failed bomb attacks on London and Glasgow Airport. The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Damian Bugg withdrew the charge against Mohammed Haneef in Brisbane Magistrates Court. Haneef, 27, had been accused of providing support to a terrorist organisation for giving his mobile phone SIM card to a second cousin who was also implicated in the plot. Bugg told reporters in Canberra that he withdrew the charges because he was satisfied "there was no reasonable prospect of conviction". Haneef had been charged because he gave his SIM card to Sabeel Ahmed last July.

Haneef has been held in Brisbane since July 2 when he was arrested at the international airport as he was about to fly to India. A court ordered Haneef's release on bail last week but immigration minister Kevin Andrews kept him in prison by cancelling his visa on character grounds, based on information provided by police. It was not immediately clear whether Haneef would be deported from Australia or allowed to remain and appeal against the immigration minister's decision. But federal police commissioner Mick Keelty said he would not revise his advice to the minister, saying "the grounds on which the AFP provided advice to the minister for immigration have not changed".

Ahmed, 26, has been charged with withholding information that could prevent an act of terrorism. His brother, Kafeel Ahmed, was arrested at Glasgow Airport on June 30 after a flaming Jeep was driven into the doors of the arrivals hall. He remains in hospital with critical burns.