Haneef to return by Monday: brother

BANGALORE: The family of Mohammed Haneef, one of the Bangalore doctors detained by Australian authorities in connection with the Glasgow attack, is confident that he would return to India by Monday.

“My brother will return by Monday. We are confident about this because we have been told so by an authoritative source in Australia. We know that he is innocent and have faith in Allah,” Dr. Haneef’s brother Mohammed Shuaib told The Hindu on Saturday.

He said the family had contacted the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Canberra and requested that it be allowed to talk to Dr. Haneef. “The Deputy High Commissioner has informed us that our request has been placed before the Australian Federal Police and that it will be considered.”

“That apart, we had sent a message through the solicitor who is arguing our case, to my brother enquiring about his well-being. He has replied that he is “theek thak” (all right) and that we need not worry about hi m. We are sure he will be back to see his new-born daughter by Monday,” Mr Shuaib said.

Dismissing rumours that one of his relatives had been arrested at Balehonnur in Chikmagalur district, Mr Shuaib said: “All these rumours are false. My brother has only been detained for interrogation. We are praying to Allah and are confident that my brother will return with his head high.”

Stating that they were offering special prayers for Dr. Haneef’s safe and early return, Mr Shuaib said: “Bahut mannatein aur muradein mange hain. Allah unhe zaroor purey karega” (we have made several prayers and vo ws and are sure Allah will fulfil them.).

Australian media reports, however, say the interrogation of Dr. Mohammed Haneef would resume on Monday.
- Hindu (July 08, 2007)

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