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Haneef's former colleague sacked in Australia

Mohammed Asif Ali, who is detained by police for his links with Mohammed Haneef, has been sacked by his Australian employer after he admitted to forging his resume.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2007 14:48 IST

Indian doctor Mohammed Asif Ali, who was detained by police for his links with Mohammed Haneef, has been sacked by his Australian employer after he admitted to forging his resume.

Queensland Health said Ali's employment had been terminated from Gold Coast Hospital. Ali had been suspended on July 27 after it was revealed that he faked about three months of his employment history on his resume when he applied for his job at the hospital.

Ali flew to Bangalore on August 17 after the Australian Federal Police returned his passport.

The AFP confiscated Ali's passport last month as they investigated links between him and his former colleague Mohamed Haneef, who was detained for 25 days in connection with the failed UK car bomb plot but was later absolved of terror charges.

AFP officers interrogated Ali following Haneef's arrest on July 2 but released him without charge.

Queensland Health director-general Uschi Schreiber said the decision to sack Ali related to his integrity and not his medical qualifications, according to ABC report here.

"It is my view that Dr Ali has been dishonest in the way in which he obtained employment as a medical practitioner in Queensland," Schreiber said.