Haneef wants Australia to apologise to India

Haneef, who returned here after Australia dropped terror charges against him, said he wanted Australia to apologise to his "peace-loving country".

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Haneef wants Australia to apologise to India


BANGALORE: Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef, who returned here after Australian authorities dropped terror charges against him, on Monday said he wanted Australia to
apologise to his "peace-loving country".
"I don't expect an apology from the Australian government or the authorities but I would appreciate if they apologise to my peace-loving country and citizens," he told a press conference here.

"I am not a victim of international conspiracy, but Australian conspiracy," Haneef said, adding he does not wish to see anybody to be victimised in the name of terrorism.
"My family suffered a great deal as a result of what happened to me," said the bearded doctor, who was in detention for 27 days before Australia absolved him of all charges.
He said he was saddened by the fact that Australia had not reinstated his work visa which would have enabled him to return as a doctor at the Gold Coast hospital in Southport.
"I enjoyed working as a doctor at Gold Coast hospital." Asked whether he would sue the Australian government for the trauma he had suffered, Haneef said "I have not sought any legal advice at this time. That will be later on."
"I would like to return. I want the visa back. I will fight on that," he added.
He said he had no idea why his work visa was revoked by Australian Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. "I would like him to come forward and let out the facts," he added.
Haneef profusely thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his cabinet colleagues Pranab Mukherjee, E Ahamed, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and the Indian Ambassador in Australia Prabhat Shukla for supporting him.
Haneef's lawyer Peter Russo, who waged a successful battle to free him, said the Australian Federal Police had taken every item of the doctor's personal belongings when they arrested him on July 2 from the Brisbane airport.

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