Monday, February 18, 2008

Post 12. The Case of Dr.Haneef.

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Haneef investigation cost over $7.5m
February 18, 2008 - 4:22PMSource: ABC

Commissioner Keelty says more than 600 Australian staff were involved at the peak of the investigation. (File photo)
Photo: AAP
A Senate Committee has heard the Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into Indian Doctor Mohammed Haneef and related terrorist matters cost more than $7.5 million.
Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has detailed Australia's involvement in the probe into last year's foiled UK bomb plot which is still continuing.
Commissioner Keelty says more than 600 Australian staff were involved at its peak to gather intelligence, witness statements, and forensic samples.
"As at the end of December 2007, expenses for the investigation are in excess of $7.5 million, that is made up of approximately $5.5 million in employee expenses of which $1.6 million accounts for overtime and approximately $1 million in supplier expenses," he said.
In order to put the high number of staff into context Commissioner Keelty said more than 300 witness statements were obtained, and a total of 16 telephone intercepts and six surveillance device warrants issued.Leak investigation
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Dr Haneef says he is surprised to hear that public servants are being investigated for leaking information of the case to the media.
The Federal Government plans to hold a judicial inquiry into why Dr Haneef was wrongly charged with supporting a terrorist group involved in last year's UK bombings.
Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has told a Senate Committee an internal review has not identified any processes that need to be changed but has revealed 27 public servants are being investigated for leaking information.
Commissioner Keelty told the Senate committee that the AFP's own review of the case has not revealed leaks from within the police.
But Dr Haneef's lawyer Peter Russo says the police were most likely to be providing the leaks.
"I would have thought that if there were any leaks going on they were coming from either the AFP or the Queensland Police," he said.
"I'm surprised that it is public servants who are under the spotlight."
Mr Russo says his client is still no closer to returning to Australia.
"Mainly because of the fact that [Commissioner] Keelty keeps saying that my client is still under investigation," he said.
"Until the AFP come out and give Mohammed a clean bill of health, which they should have been able to do by now, I'm not in the position to advise him to come back to Australia."
© 2008 Australian Broadcasting Corporation


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