Dr.Mohammed Haneef has virtually ruled out his going back to Australia, saying his family would not let him do so.
Addressing the media Friday at Bangalore in southern India where he is based, Haneef said he might instead opt to work somewhere in the Middle East, a Muslim dominated part of the world.
AdvertisementHaneef added. "I have a few offers from the Middle-East. I am looking forward to work soon".
The 27-year-old doctor who has just returned from his Mecca pilgrimage said he would perhaps take a final decision on the matter in the next two weeks.
Clearly the trauma he had undergone in Australia last year to clear his name of terrorist links was weighing heavily on the minds of his family members.
He was finally allowed to leave and subsequently the government that had sought to arraign him was itself been voted out. But apparently the Haneefs are not sure that a similar fate would not befall him perchance another terrorist strike takes place somewhere else.
"Unless we get reassurance from the Australian Government and AFP (Australian Federal Police), we (he and his family) will not go back," Haneef said, describing his days in detention in Australia as the "worst part of my life and a traumatic experience".
Meantime his lawyer Peter Russo has said that Haneef was yet to consider initiating legal action against the Australian government over his ordeal last year, but certainly he would go over there to attend a judicial inquiry instituted by the new Labour government.
"The inquiry will probably impact on whether he has a claim against the federal government," Russo said, adding, "There has been some talk that the government should make a payment to him prior to the inquiry but that did not come from us."
Russo said Haneef had also sought re-registration from the Medical Board of Queensland so that he could work again on the Gold Coast.
"We are really in a holding pattern until the government gives us an indication to when the inquiry will be held," Russo, who is holidaying in Italy, was quoted as saying.
"I think it is really important he is back here when the inquiry is on - whether that is working back here or he just comes back for the inquiry," he said.
A date has not yet been given by the federal government.