In the first sign that the case against Dr Mohammed Haneef may not be as watertight as Canberra had hoped, Federal Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews revealed on Thursday that he has asked the police to review the information on which he based his decision to cancel the terror suspect’s visa.
“Certainly, given the events, I’ve asked the police to assure me that the evidence and the information they gave to me is still correct,” he said.
But Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty immediately rejected claims that the case was about to collapse. Haneef has been charged with recklessly supporting a terrorist organisation and is being held in a Brisbane jail. His lawyers have claimed that there are a number of inconsistencies in the case against him.
Keelty said he has been talking to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Damian Bugg QC about how to correct a mistake in the case against Haneef. “We’d been discussing during the week which is the best way to correct that error,” he said.
The commissioner said the prosecutor had erred by telling the court that Haneef’s SIM card was found in a burning jeep at Glasgow airport when it was actually found in Liverpool. Bugg said he is now personally reviewing all material in the case.
The commissioner said the inquiry has been tough on investigators.