Thursday, December 23, 2010

i have great news! pm manmohan singh can finally sleep in peace!

dec 23rd, 2010

i can't tell you how relieved i am -- the pradhana mantri can now sleep peacefully. he had been losing sleep -- he said so -- because haneef was called a terrorist.

now aussies are giving him money too. 

i mean, how could they have called him a terrorist just because his brother rammed an SUV filled with explosives into an airport in the UK, and, quite by innocent coincidence, the previous day haneef had flown to india on a one-way ticket? absurd, i tell you!

original article not found any longer on DNA, this is a web cache of the page.

Australian government tenders apology to Mohammed Haneef
Published: Thursday, Dec 23, 2010, 9:02 IST 
Place: Melbourne | Agency: PTI

Admitting their mistake, Australian government today formally apologised to Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef and said sorry for wrongly detaining him on terror charges.

The formal apology, issued by Australian government, came after Haneef reportedly received a substantial but undisclosed compensation payout from the government following his bungled detention on UK terror related charges in 2007.

"The AFP (Australian Federal Police) acknowledges that it was mistaken and that Dr Haneef was innocent of the offence of which he was suspected," the apology read.

"The Commonwealth apologises and hopes that the compensation to be paid to Dr Haneef will mark the end of an unfortunate chapter and allow Dr Haneef to move forward with his life and career," it said, according to AAP report.

It was also acknowledged that arresting, charging, detaining and eventually cancelling Haneef's visa created "serious consequences for him and his family" by the government.

The apology, which was released by the attorney-general's department yesterday, agreed that the terms of the settlement remain secret.

Haneef's lawyer Rod Hodgson has said the apology reaffirmed his client's innocence.

"We congratulate the government for recognising an injustice done on the watch of the previous government and for this public apology and declaration of innocence," he said.

"The apology means a lot to our client."

Hodgson has said the Australian people would form their own judgments about Andrews' refusal to offer his own apology.

"On one side we have ASIO, the Queensland Police Service, the findings of the Clarke Inquiry, the AFP and the current Australian government all prepared to declare that Haneef is innocent," Hodgson said.

"Andrews continues to isolate himself by his aggressive refusals to make any form of apology for his role."

As part of this week's mediation, Haneef agreed not to proceed with defamation action against Andrews.

"The claim against me was not pursued and has been withdrawn. Based on the legal advice I received, I was always confident that the claim for defamation was adventurous and would not have succeeded," Andrews said earlier this week.

Hodgson has said the Haneef family has remained in Brisbane after the conclusion of compensation talks this week.

"They have been buoyed by the number of ordinary Australians who have come up to them to wish them well," Hodgson said, adding "Haneef again thanks all Australians for their support."

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