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Australian police get 4 more days to quiz Indian doc

A Brisbane magistrate's court grants police extra time to quiz Haneef in connection with the UK terror bids.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Brisbane
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2007 02:55 PM IST

An Australian magistrate on Thursday gave police an extra four days to question an Indian doctor held in connection with failed car bombings in London and Glasgow, officers said.

The move came during a closed court hearing held as the 11:00 pm (1300 GMT) deadline to either charge, release or deport the 27-year-old hospital registrar approached, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The Brisbane magistrate's court granted a 96-hour extension, which comes into effect from 11:30 pm (1330 GMT) on Thursday, to an existing court order allowing police to continue questioning the doctor, an AFP spokeswoman said.

The move will allow Australian and British anti-terrorism officers investigating Mohamed Haneef more time to quiz him and go through evidence to establish whether he had any link to the weekend bomb plot.

Under Australian terrorism laws, a magistrate on late Tuesday granted police 48-hours to question Haneef without laying charges.

Haneef was arrested at Brisbane international airport on a tip-off from British police as he allegedly attempted to leave Australia on a one-way flight bound for India on Monday.

A senior British anti-terrorism officer flew to Australia early on Thursday to question the suspect, one of eight to be arrested in connection with the plot, and the only suspect to beheld outside of Britain.

His family maintains he is innocent.

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