Bangalore : "I am happy and relieved," an elated Firdous Arshiya said Friday as news came in that the Australian government had dropped all charges against her doctor husband Muhammad Haneef, under arrest since July 2 in connection with the failed British bombings.
"I hope he will come home soon and they will not hold him back on the ground that his visa had been revoked," said Firdous, a software engineer.
"It is all (the release is) because of the prayers of all Indians," Firdous told IANS. "I have been maintaining that my husband is innocent. It has been proved."
Firdous, who gave birth to a baby girl only a month ago, said her 27-year-old husband should not be deported.
He should given a bridge visa now that all charges have been dropped. "My cousin and we are working for such an arrangement."
Firdous has constantly maintained since July 2 when Haneef was arrested in Brisbane while flying out to India on a one-way ticket that he should face trial and return home "without any stigma".
The Gold Coast registrar, who has been charged with "recklessly" supporting those who planned the foiled British bombings by giving his mobile phone SIM card, has been in solitary confinement in a Brisbane detention centre since July 18.
The Australian government had also cancelled his 457 work visa.