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Haneef’s family hopes for his early release


Bangalore : Family members of terror suspect Mohammad Haneef spent anxious hours Friday, happy that the Australian police are not seeking to detain him any longer but worried that they may charge rather than release him.

“We are relieved,” Haneef’s wife Firdous told reporters.

She and other family members, mother Qurrattulain and brother Shoaib were happy that further detention is not being sought by Australian police but they were not ready to celebrate yet – after reports that 12 hours of police questioning beginning Friday could be spread over three days.

Firdous refused to say anything more, declaring she would only speak to the press once her husband is released or she gets firm indication of his release.

Reports from Australia quote Haneef’s lawyer Peter Russo as saying that in the worst-case scenario the 12 hours of questioning still allowed Australian police could be stretched three days from Friday.

At the end of the 12 hours, Haneef has to be released or charged.