Leaked Immigration Department Documents

Further to Dr Haneef’s leaked record of interview, comes a leaked set of government documents [pdf] detailing the reasons behind the cancellation of his visa.

As for who is leaking all this material? It’s Haneef’s barrister.

“Defence counsels don’t normally release the records of interview of their clients in the media,” he said.

“The reason why this is not normally done is because defence councils don’t normally have a document that indicates so clearly the very thin case that police are claiming to have, in which to say anything that my client has done was done in anything other than an innocent matter.

“That’s why the document has been released.”

Update: The Australian has a blog post up about the leaked documents:

This leak is damaging to the official line about Dr Haneef. This is probably why Keelty, Prime Minister John Howard and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock are angrily and loudly squawking about it.

The material in the record of interview sheds illuminating light on the case against detained Dr Mohamed Haneef.

I’m keeping an open mind about whether he’s involved in a terrorist organisation, but I reckon the public has a right to every snippet of information about this case.

Update 2: The barrister who leaked the material may now be charged, but he says he has no regrets. He explained to the ABC’s Lateline why he did it (see link for video).

Update 3: The Age reports, “A Federal Court judge has described as “astounding” the Federal Government’s position that an association of any kind with criminals — “a cup of coffee, a picnic with the kids” — is enough to fail the immigration character test.”

Update 4: The President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has sent a letter to the Minister of Immigration in response to the cancellation of Dr Haneef’s visa.


#1 Blue on 07.18.07 at 10:19 pm

Notice how they cancelled his wife’s visa yesterday. I think when they saw that she was articulate, educated and angry, they were worried she would come to Australia to be by her husband’s side. The last thing they want before an election is for the people to see a crying woman, newborn in her arms, giving interviews in good English to the Australia media.

#2 T cell on 07.19.07 at 9:55 am

this superb piece at “The road to serfdom”

#3 Antish on 07.19.07 at 12:42 pm

We can be thankful that Haneef’s guilt (if any) appears to be unprovable. If there had been any sort of hard evience against him we would have been in for another Tampa election and Costello as PM. But please quit the subtext of ‘he is being picked on because he’s a random Muslim’. His cousin(s?) are apparently terrorist scum. It would have been crazy not to have investigated him.

#4 QC on 07.19.07 at 2:02 pm


What evidence do you have that his cousins are “terrorist scum”.

Perhaps you can furnish:

1. their convictions of a terrorist crime
2. their sworn statements confessing to a terrorist act
3. clear evidence of their guilt.

If not, I will assume that you are talking out your arse.

Whilst you are doing that, perhaps you can show (text or subtext), where this site has said that he is being victimised because he is a Muslim? How can something in language be communicated without text? Did you read the article backward, upside down, with the aid of LSD ?

Antish, if his cousins are apparantly “terrorist scum” then you are also by appearance, an idiot.

#5 LDU on 07.19.07 at 3:20 pm

Antish got owned.

#6 Antish on 07.20.07 at 1:00 am

Here in the real world it is blindingly obvious that the scum who tried to kill and maim people in Glasgow are terrorists. You no doubt feel obliged to enter the ’squirrels are spies’ and ‘giant badgers ate my husband’ world of Islamic solidarity, and I guess that’s slightly admirable. But you have proven the point I was making, that Muslims are happy to ditch their brains when other Muslims are concerned. Maybe you’re another who feels that OBL has been slandered?

#7 Optimus Prime on 07.20.07 at 1:10 am

The squirrel as spies thing is an outrageous slur. What ever happened to “innocent before being proven guilty”? The squirrels have been charged but they haven’t appeared in court yet.

It just goes to show, Antish, there is one rule for the squirrels and one rule for everyone else.

#8 E.Mariyani on 07.20.07 at 3:15 am

Optimus Prime asks: What ever happened to “innocent before being proven guilty”?

Nine …………………. eleven.

For further information, see:


#9 Sara Tancredi on 07.20.07 at 8:43 am

But you have proven the point I was making, that Muslims are happy to ditch their brains when other Muslims are concerned. Maybe you’re another who feels that OBL has been slandered?

How do you know if QC is even Muslim?

Antish, you’re clearly in need of some basic education. See, what happens is, when someone is charged, there is a presumption that he or she is innocent until he or she is proven guilty. See how it works? Now go play with a ball.

#10 Henry Woodhouse on 07.20.07 at 9:36 am

Dr. Mohammad Haneef lent a sim card to his cousin one year ago. His cousin wasn’t involved in terrorism but he did receive an email from his brother advising the location of his last will and testament. He didn’t interpret this as notification that his brother was going to become a suicide bomber and so he didn’t alert the authorities. So he’s been charged with withholding information about a terrorist attack from the British authorities as a result. This means that Haneef has charged with recklessly aiding a terrorist group by giving his sim card to the cousin who would receive an email one year later.

Based on the information currently available Dr Haneef is two degrees of separation from any real terrorism.

#11 Andrew Reynolds on 07.20.07 at 12:18 pm

All I can add is that I hope the Federal Government has more evidence that what has been released – otherwise this has been an unjustified interference with the life of a person who seems to be a good person, working hard – but with some relations that have allegedly engaged in terrorist activities. No more than that.

#12 AAA on 07.20.07 at 3:30 pm

It’s working!

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