India ‘concerned’ about Haneef treatment

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The comments came after Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said Mohammed Haneef, aged 27 and from the southern Indian city of Bangalore, would eventually be deported after criminal proceedings are over.

“The Ministry of External Affairs expressed its concern to the Australian government that Dr Mohammad Haneef should be treated fairly and justly under Australian law,” ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

The Indian High Commission in Canberra is helping arrange legal assistance for Haneef, he was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.

Haneef had been working at a government hospital on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

His visa has been cancelled, and he will be detained until the charge of providing support to a terrorist group is heard in court.