Judge delays ruling on 'terror' doctor's visa

An Australian judge postponed his ruling on whether to overturn a government decision to revoke the visa of an Indian doctor charged over the failed UK terror attacks.

An Australian judge postponed his ruling on whether to overturn a government decision to revoke the visa of an Indian doctor charged over the failed UK terror attacks.

Mohamed Haneef, 27, was arrested in Australia on July 2 and charged with supporting the failed terror attacks in London and Glasgow in June. Police later dropped the charge because of a lack of evidence and Haneef was allowed to return home to his family in Bangalore.

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.

Haneef, who has said he wants to return to Australia to work, appealed against the decision to the Federal Court, saying his relationship with the Ahmed brothers did not implicate him in the failed attacks.

After a two-day hearing, Judge Jeffery Spender reserved his decision on the case until August 21.

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.

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