We have nothing on Haneef’s links with Qaeda: police


Bangalore : Bangalore Police said Thursday they had no information on Muhammad Haneef’s possible links with Al Qaeda as claimed by a section of the Australian media.

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Australia’s SBS television channel reported Wednesday that an Indian police file on Haneef prepared after his arrest in Brisbane referred to his alleged links with Al Qaeda.

“We have not prepared any such dossier,” Bangalore Police Commissioner Neelam Achuta Rao and Joint Commissioner (crime) Gopal Hosur told reporters here.

Peter Russo, the Australian lawyer for Haneef, also doubted the existence of such a dossier. The Australian police did not question Haneef about it during his interrogation, Russo, now in Mysore, told reporters.

The Bangalore Police had said soon after Australia dropped charges against Haneef last week that they intended to talk to him to know about his activities here before he went abroad for work.

The police are also keen to know if he had any financial dealings with Kafeel Ahmed and Sabeel Ahmed, two suspects in the failed bombing bids in London and Glasgow in June-end who are also his cousins.

Haneef worked as registrar at Gold Coast Hospital in Queensland. He was detained in Brisbane July 2 when he was on his way to India.

He was held in detention for 25 days and released after charges of supporting the failed British terror plot were dropped against him.

Haneef is now fighting a legal battle in an Australian court for restoration of his visa that was revoked by Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews on the ground that the Indian doctor had failed ‘character test’.