Here's what he's supposed to have done:
- Let a second cousin use his SIM card
- Owning that SIM card when it got left in a jeep on the other side of the world
- Still being the SIM card owner when someone tried to use the jeep to torch an airport terminal
Dr. Haneef was freed today, after an Australian chief prosecutor said it was a mistake, charging him with being connected to the London/Glasgow car bombings in Britain.
The decision to release came after a review of the evidence by Australian Director of Public Prosecutions Bugg. After this review, Mr. Bugg found that his office should never have recommended charging Dr. Haneef. There's more at "Australia Drops Terror Charges Against Indian Doctor Accused in Failed U.K. Bombings Plot."
Mohamed Haneef isn't quite out of trouble yet.
This week's SNAFU is about Dr. Haneef's visa. It's been revoked. Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, back when Dr. Haneef was an escaping fugitive (who had called the police to let them know he was leaving the country), revoked Dr. Haneef's visa. Now the Immigration Minister is pondering whether or not to change his mind.
Dr. Haneef has what I'd call a pretty good reason for wanting to leave Australia. His wife had a baby by C-section, and he wanted to be with her and their baby.
Ironically, 11 years ago today, a bomb went off at Atlanta's Olympic Park, the start of a really unpleasant part of Richard Jewell's life.
I hope that Dr. Haneef gets the right to get on with his life faster than Mr. Jewell did.
Posts on this topic:
- Cool Heads and Terrorism Investigations: It Could be Worse (July 27, 2007)
- Lesson for Terrorism Investigators: Return Those Calls! (July 21, 2007)
- Arrests, Doctors and Terrorists: Keeping a Cool Head (July 2, 2007) (My views on rational investigations and Richard Jewell)