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Indian Doctor Free to Leave Australia After Terror Charges Dropped


Australia says an Indian doctor will be allowed to leave the country after prosecutors dropped charges linking him to the recent failed terrorist bombings in London.

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews told reporters Saturday that the Commonwealth has no objection to Dr. Mohamed Haneef leaving Australia. Andrews also said the government would not reinstate Haneef's work visa.

The announcement came after Haneef's lawyer said Saturday that his client wanted to leave the country as soon as possible for his home in India.

Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg, withdrew the case against Haneef Friday. Bugg said after a review of the case he determined a mistake had been made.

Haneef, who had been in custody for four weeks, was freed while his immigration status was reviewed.

fficials alleged Haneef gave his mobile phone SIM card - which stores phone numbers and data - to his relative Sabeel Ahmed, a suspect in the attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow.

Haneef denied having advance knowledge of the plot. Two of his relatives, Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed, were charged in connection with the failed attacks.

India's Foreign Ministry has expressed concern about Australia's treatment of Haneef.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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