“SIM card was not found in jeep; police seized it from Sabeel’s home in Liverpool”

MELBOURNE: Holes developed in the case against Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef following a report that the prosecution may have misled the court over his mobile phone SIM card being found in a jeep used to attack the airport in Glasgow, a media report said on Friday.

Unnamed officials in the United Kingdom and Australia were quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) as saying the card was not found in the flaming jeep and that the police actually seized it from the Liverpool home of his cousin and terror suspect Sabeel Ahmed, some 350 km away.

The card was seized from Sabeel, also a doctor, when he was detained eight hours after the failed attack in Glasgow where his brother Kafeel was believed to have driven the jeep, the broadcaster said. The crucial SIM card is at the centre of the prosecution case with one top criminal barrister Peter Faris saying the police investigation was “incompetent.”

The ABC report came on a day when The Australian newspaper said it had analysed the transcript of Dr. Haneef’s police interview and an affidavit filed with the court and had discovered “major discrepancies” on two key issues. They related to the doctor’s place of residence in the U.K. and the circumstances on how he planned to come to India on a one-way ticket.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said the inconsistencies revealed by the newspaper and the location of the SIM card would not weaken the prosecution case.

Cousin gets visa

The Australian Immigration Department granted tourist visa to a family member of Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef to provide him support during legal proceedings. A statement from the Immigration Minister said Haneef’s cousin Imran Siddiqqi was given a visa after character and security assessments. — PTI

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