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Compare and contrast the effectiveness of the anti-terrorism laws in relation to Dr Haneef case and the present day implications in society

Events leading to the creation of anti-terrorism laws

11th September 2001: Terror attacks in U.S, leaving thousands dead and world trade centre destroyed. 12th October 2002: Bali bombings, 202 people died from a bombing in Kuta an Indonesian island. A radical Islamic group know as Jemaah Islamiyah. 11th March 2004: Madrid bombings, this was a bombing of 4 commuter trains killing approximately 191 people and injuring another 1,800. 7th-21st July 2005: London bombings, on the 7th suicide bombers killed 52 people and injured 700+ and on 21st 4 explosions on London underground and bus however these attacks failed as the bombs didn't work. 1st October 2005: Second Bali bombings, Jimbaran and Kuta were hit killing 20 people and injuring 129 others by suicide bombers, Jemaah Islamiyah was blamed again.

Evidence which linked Dr Haneef to the attacks

Family relationships: Dr Haneef had distance family relations of the 2 suspects of the terrorist attacks. Sim card: A sim card was found in Sabeel Ahmed flat (brother of the suicide bomber who drove the car into the airport.) this sim card was registered in Dr Haneef name, it is alleged to be left there when in 2006 Dr Haneef had departed UK. One way ticket: Right after the "Glasgow attacks" Dr Haneef had a one-way ticket to Bangalore India. It was alleged that he was guilty and trying to flee the country in the police perception. Shared flat: It was presumed that Dr Haneef and Sabeel Ahmed had lived together in the same flat while the Dr was in the UK. However the police had failed to recognise that Dr Haneef had left the apartment before Sabeel had moved in. Contact with suspects: It was alleged that the Dr had contact continuously with the suspects of the bombing incident; however this was later proven false.

Brief overview of the case

30th June 2007, Attack at Glasgow International Airport; a distant relative of Dr Haneef, Khafeel Ahmed, is identified as the driver. This was the beginning of all the implications to follow ahead for Dr Haneef; therefore it is the ideal important event in chronological order. 2nd July 2007, Dr Haneef is arrested by the AFP at Brisbane Airport about to board a plane to Bangalore India. Dr Haneef is detained under Australia's new anti-terrorism laws pending further investigation. This event is where the Doctor is first arrest and sent into detention without being charged according to the anti-terrorism laws which is highly significant towards the case study. 16th July 2007, Brisbane Magistrate Court grants Dr Haneef bail under 'exceptional circumstances', with bail set at $10,000. Federal minister for Immigration and Citizenship Kevin Andrews decides to cancel Mohamed Haneef visa. Queensland Department of Health suspends Dr Haneef's employment without pay depending on the outcomes of the charges. Dr Haneef remains in custody without exercising his bail. This was highly significant as the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Kevin Andrews cancelling the visa despite the bail order which the Brisbane Magistrate Court had handed out. 27th July 2007, Commonwealth director of Public prosecution withdraws the charge after the $3.2 million investigation against Dr Haneef citing 'no reasonable prospect of conviction'. This followed an admission by the AFP the week before that SIM card was not found at the Glasgow attack as previously alleged. Dr Haneef is released from custody. At this point in time the case against Dr Haneef has finally been dropped and the doctor is relieved from all charges placed against him. Factual information beginnings to arise and speculations of the handling of certain pieces of information spreads around the media. This point is immensely significant as it illustrates a portrait of the failure within the government with the handling of an innocent man. 13th March...
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