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AFP not ready to reveal details of Haneef interview

world Updated: Aug 17, 2007 12:32 IST

Australian Federal Police(AFP) is trying to suppress transcript of their second interview with Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, held in connection with failed car-bombing of Glasgow Airport, though Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews already selectively quoted from it.

The AFP has provided Haneef's lawyers with the transcript of the 12 hours they interrogated the Indian doctor before charging him on July 14 with providing resources to a terrorist organisation.

That charge was dropped when the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions decided there was not a reasonable prospect of conviction.

Haneef's lawyers were given the interview transcript on August 8, the day the doctor's appeal against Andrews' decision to cancel his work visa on character grounds was heard in the Federal Court, 'The Age' reported on Friday.

In an accompanying letter, the manager of the AFP's domestic counter-terrorism unit asked Haneef's lawyers not to make the transcript public.

"AFP is concerned that some of the information revealed to your client during this interview could, if disclosed publicly, have the potential to prejudice ongoing and future police operations; and/or give rise to a claim that a defendant cannot have a fair trial," the manager said.

The letter stated that the transcript had been provided in confidence, and said that if it was made public, Haneef's lawyers were to contact the AFP.