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Haneef's lawyers to delay posting of his bail

world Updated: Jul 17, 2007 08:40 IST

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Lawyers for Mohamed Haneef, charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, may delay posting his bail as they prepare an appeal against Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews' decision to cancel the Indian doctor's work visa.

The move will mean the Gold Coast-based doctor, who is charged with supporting a terrorist organisation, will remain in police custody in Brisbane.

Magistrate Jacqui Payne granted Haneef bail on Monday on a $10,000 surety but the Immigration minister's decision means he will be transferred to Sydney's Villawood immigration detention centre once his bail is posted.

Haneef's lawyer Peter Russo on Tuesday said a member of the public had come forward offering to provide the $10,000 surety, but that he may delay posting bail pending an appeal to the Federal Court against the visa cancellation.

"At this stage it hasn't been decided whether we will post bail or whether we will wait and work out what we will do about the immigration issue," Russo said, according to 'the Australian'.

Haneef's lawyers also have the option of postponing bail indefinitely, meaning the Indian national will be held in a Queensland correctional facility pending trial.

However, Russo did not appear to favour that option.

"If there are people willing to post bail then in my view it should go ahead," he said.