posted on Jul, 27 2007 @ 03:14 AM
This case reminds me of the term "sexing up". Remember about a year and a half ago, when the Blair administration was accused of "sexing up"
Anyway, the case against him was pretty tenuous to start with. He was detained at Brisbane airport, about to get on a one way flight to India, to
visit his wife and cholicy, newborn daughter. Sounds sus, but with cheap flights these day's and whatnot, it's not entirely implausible.
He is the cousin of one of the perpetrators of the Glasgow attacks apparently, and was accused of "recklessly discharging" a sim card. Initially, it
was said that the sim card was in one of the cars in the attacks, and that it was part of a plan to remotely detonate something, from Brisbane. It
turned out that the sim card was in someone's house in England.
After the magistrate reviewed the case, the evidence was found to be too weak for Dr. Haneef to stand trial, so he was released. The government then
stepped in and canceled his visa, placing him in immigration detention. They have now placed him in residential detention, meaning he can go back to
There were a few questions in the press conference that suggested this wouldn't really have come to light if information hadn't been leaked about
the case. They were quickly glossed over.
One thing it has done, is revive the debate, slightly, about Australia's recent terror laws.