An Indian doctor whose Australian visa was revoked after he was charged in connection with the failed London and Glasgow terror attacks appealed against the decision today.
Mohamed Haneef, 27, was arrested in Brisbane on July 2 and charged with supporting the terror attacks in June. Police later dropped the charge because of a lack of evidence and Haneef was freed to return home to Bangalore to see his wife and newborn daughter.
But Australia’s immigration minister Kevin Andrews revoked Haneef’s work visa on character grounds, citing his association with second cousins Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed, who were allegedly involved in the plots.
At an appeal hearing at the Federal Court in Brisbane, lawyers for Haneef argued that Andrews’ decision was legally flawed because it was based on a “misconstruction of the word association”.
Prosecutors had charged Haneef with providing reckless support to a terrorist organisation because he gave his mobile phone SIM card to Sabeel Ahmed before leaving Britain in July last year.
British police have charged Sabeel, 26, with withholding information that could have prevented an act of terrorism. Kafeel Ahmed died last week of burns sustained when he allegedly crashed an explosive-laden Jeep at Glasgow Airport on June 30.