Alleged terror supporter Mohammed Haneef could be in line for a six-figure windfall if a court finds him not guilty, even as the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) announced a review of all material relating to the case.
"Clearly not every matter which is prosecuted by my office is reviewed by me," said Damian Bugg of the DPP.
"But there are matters that have developed as this case has progressed, which I am examining and a broader review of the available material and the proceedings to date is the best way to examine these matters appropriately."
Bugg promised to make a statement about the case when the review was complete. The DPP review follows a series of concerns about inconsistencies in the case. As the prospect of defamation action and possible compensation is discussed, Haneef's legal team has been inundated with offers of help.
The offers of legal assistance came as Queensland Bar Association president Hugh Fraser, dismissed claims that Haneef’s barrister, Stephen Keim, was in contempt for leaking a transcript of Haneef’s interview. He said Keim acted "honestly" and "with the best intentions".
Sydney-based Greg Walsh, an expert in matters relating to wrongful prosecution, said if Haneef was found not guilty, he could possibly sue for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment, with a potential claim of up to $1 million.