Cleared Terror Suspect to Leave Australia

Going home to India; but his work visa won't be restored
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2007 12:04 PM CDT
Firdaus Arshiya, wife of Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef, cradles her one-month-old daughter Haniya Kulthum at her parent's home in Bangalore, India, Friday, July 27, 2007. Haneef was freed from custody...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An Indian doctor cleared of involvement in the failed UK bomb attacks is flying home to India to be with his family, but his Australian work visa won't be restored, the immigration minister announced today. Lawyers for Mohamed Haneef are demanding that his name be cleared completely and will mount a court appeal to restore the visa.

Haneef was jailed for four weeks, and his passport confiscated, after prosecutors claimed his mobile phone card was in the car that crashed into the Glasgow airport.  But charges against him were dropped after Australia's chief prosecutor admitted mistakes had been made in the investigation. The work visa was withdrawn on grounds that Haneef was of "unsuitable character."