Haneef’s SIM Card Not Recovered from the Burning Jeep

by Gopalan on  July 20, 2007 at 12:33 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Haneef’s SIM Card Not Recovered from the Burning Jeep
The rationale behind the detention of Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef is still unclear.

But more reports and more reports are emerging to show that the police had proceeded on the basis of relatively flimsy evidence.

In Haneef's bail application last Saturday, Commonwealth Prosecutor Clive Porritt alleged the Gold Coast-based doctor had, on leaving the UK last July, given his SIM card to his cousin Sabeel Ahmed.

He alleged Sabeel had then passed the card on to his brother Kafeel, the driver of the "fireball" jeep that crashed into the airport on June 30, and that the card was found in the wreckage.

However, sources in the UK and Australia have told ABC Radio that the SIM card was actually seized by police eight hours later when Haneef's cousin Sabeel Ahmed was arrested in Liverpool.

Police in Britain and Australia would not comment on where the SIM card was seized.

If the latest reports are true, it would mean Haneef's SIM card was found with the man charged only with withholding information. This would dissolve Haneef's link to the Glasgow attack, the latest media reports said.

Haneef remains in custody at Wolston Correctional Centre in Brisbane's south-west.

Though he was granted bail, the Australian government revoked his visa, saying he "failed character test."

Haneef's solicitor Peter Russo said today he'd had his doubts about the evidence from the beginning.

However, Mr Russo said the latest revelations was just one of many issues which needed to be explored ahead of any trial.

"It's one piece, it's an inconsistency. Court cases aren't won on one inconsistency and battles aren't won in the courts on that," he said.

"Court cases are fairly complex issues and this one is particularly complex so I wouldn't say with any certainty that this is the ace in the pack so to speak but it's definitely something we need to explore."

The police affidavit did not accurately represent whatever was stated by Haneef when he was interrogated, it is further claimed.

Source: Medindia

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