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AFP slams Mohammed Haneef's lawyers

world Updated: Aug 23, 2007 10:46 IST
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Australian Federal Police are awaiting legal advice on whether lawyers for Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef acted inappropriately in releasing a transcript of a second police interview with the former terror suspect.

The legal team of Haneef, who faced a terror charge in connection with the foiled UK bombings before being released, yesterday released a 378-page transcript of an interview with Brisbane police held on July 13, having already made public the transcript of another police interview last month.

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews used selected quotes from the transcript at a July 31 media conference to justify his cancellation of Haneef's visa -- a decision quashed by the Federal Court on Tuesday, but which will go to appeal.

Haneef's lawyer Peter Russo on Wednesday said his client had asked for the interview to be made public to prove he had "nothing to hide".

"He wants all of the matters raised with him by federal police and his answers to those questions put into the public arena, because of the continuing attempts being made to slander his name by innuendo and selective release of information by government and federal spokespeople," Russo said, according to a 'Sydney Morning Herald' report.

But the AFP criticised the release of the "confidential" transcript.

"The continuing attempts by Haneef's defence team to use the media to run their case is both unprofessional and inappropriate and the AFP has raised this aspect with the Queensland Legal Services Commission (QLSC)," it said in a statement.