MEA summons Australian envoy over Haneef case

India reiterates its concern that the detained doctor be treated fairly, reports Nilova Roy Chaudhury. Read on...
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Updated on Jul 18, 2007 02:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNilova Roy Chaudhury, New Delhi

The Government on Tuesday summoned Australia's High Commissioner in India John McCarthy to the South Block headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs and reiterated its concern that detained Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef be treated fairly.

McCarthy was summoned a day after the Australian government invoked immigration laws to cancel Haneef's visa and retain him in detention after he was granted bail.

The 27-year-old Indian doctor has been held in Melbourne since July 2 in connection with the failed terror attacks in London and Glasgow.

Haneef’s lawyer Peter Russo has also said they will challenge Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews' decision to keep him in custody.

The lawyers released fresh details of his alleged link to two terror suspects in the UK to back their claim of the case being "extremely weak".

This includes the fact that he chatted online with terror suspect Sabeel Ahmed about his daughter's birth on June 26, three days before the failed plot, and took a £300 loan from Sabeel's brother Kafeel to pay for a medical exam in the UK in 2005.

(With agency inputs)

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