Friday, July 27, 2007

Punt and blunt

Just in case this development gets lost in all the Lindsay Lohan, death kitty, dog-fighting obsessions of our news organizations…

And so the political punting begins down in Australia.
PM: Haneef case not Government's fault

Prime Minister John Howard has distanced his Government from the collapse today of the terrorism case against Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef.

Mr Howard said it was up to Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Damian Bugg QC to explain what happened.
Don't remember who Dr. Haneef is?

He was the poor sod being charged by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions of supporting a terrorist organization because more than one year ago he gave his mobile phone SIM card to his second cousin, Sabeel Ahmed, in the United Kingdom. Ahmed was later linked to the failed terror attacks in London and Glasgow.

This article in The Australian has a succinct rundown of some of the pretty foul-smelling police work done in the case.
As former Liberal Party lawyer Tony Morris, QC, told The Australian: “Australians can no longer have implicit faith in the integrity of federal police investigations, in the fairness of federal prosecutions, or in the responsible exercise of federal executive powers.

''If the AFP [Australian Federal Police] were doing their honest best, they must be monumentally stupid. The only alternative is they manufactured a false case.’’

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