Like many Australians I’ve been following this saga of the doctor, the sim card, the cousins, and the conveniently arriving baby. With what now seems to be an astonishing bit of wide-eyed trust on my part I have been thinking that surely Govco and all its secret agencies must know something.. something Very Big that we the plebs do not. Otherwise why would they keep this man incarcerated for 25 days? The sim card arrest was obviously a legal hat trick in order to extract more truth from the prisoner and the thousands of pages of documentation seized from his computer.
Apparently no more truth is forthcoming. The doctor can not be charged with having relatives connected to the UK bombing. He has already been punished enough for leaving his sim card in their flat. I wonder if the grocer the bombers shopped at who gave them a discount on buying bananas with brown bits will also be charged with offering financial aid to terrorists.
It is impossible to know from this side of the digital curtain how much of this scrupulousness was pursued to save face once the juicy stuff wasn’t immediately revealed. Had a terrorist connection been found the AFP’s fine tooth comb would have been a gilded wonder rather than the rake that hits the doofus in the forehead when he steps on it. It will be interesting to see what if any this mistake has on future arrests and investigations.
Mohamed Haneef can be thankful his fate was kinder than that of Jean Charles de Menesez, collateral damage in the war on terrorism.