The rollercoaster ride of Dr.Mohammed Haneef, the man from Bangalore in southern India, continues .
He is destined to pay a heavy price for a small act of indiscretion, it looks like. He had allowed his SIM card to be used by his cousins, the key players in the failed Glasgow bombing.
Intercepted when he was about to board a flight to India, two days after the Glasgow incident, Haneef has been seeing his hopes soar only to crash.
First Australian authorities almost hinted they were not charging him at all, but sprang a surprise at the last moment.
And now after he was granted bail, the hard-line conservative government swiftly move in to deny Haneef freedom.
About 10am today a Brisbane magistrate decided to release Haneef on bail pending his trial on charges of breaching anti-terrorism laws.
But as Haneef's legal team started making arrangements to meet the bail conditions, including raising a $10,000 surety, Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews found another way to keep the Indian doctor in custody.
At 2.45pm in Canberra Andrews announced he had decided to cancel Haneef's visa because the medico had failed the Migration Act's requirements for immigrants to be of good character.
The upshot of this decision is that Haneef will now be held in Sydney's Villawood immigration detention centre until his trial on the terrorism charges is finalized.
And even if Haneef is eventually acquitted by the Australian courts, Andrews decision would allow the Government to then deport him.
Civil libertarians attacked the minister's decision as a way of circumventing the Brisbane court's decision to release the doctor on bail and said it prejudged the issue of Haneef's guilt or innocence.
But Andrews insisted the legal process he had invoked under the Migration Act was separate from the criminal proceedings under way in Brisbane.
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