Guilty until proved otherwise!!

Western Governments have turned around the cardinal principal of criminal law, Instead of ‘Innocent until proved Guilty’ it has now become ‘Guilty until proved otherwise’.

Like a celebrity, he is welcomed back home at Bangalore Airport; his wife goes on media saying sweets are being prepared and he likes sweets…Mohamed Haneef was reunited with his wife and newborn daughter in his hometown Bangalore after spending 25 days in Australian jail on a charge of supporting last month’s failed attacks on London and Glasgow, Scotland.

At the airport y’day, it was not just the media which was waiting for Dr. Haneef to arrive. Huge throngs leaned across railings to catch a glimpse of him. They called out his name and shouted their thanks to Mr. Russo for his role in securing his release.

“Australian authorities’ action to drop charges against Indian doctor Mohammed Haneef proved that he was not involved in terrorist activities”, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday.

Now today, CM HD Kumaraswamy will visit the doctor and offer him a job. A full fledged Wiki-page came up on Dr. Mohamed Haneef

Australian police force to arrest and isolate a medical practitioner on false trumped up charges and showed no remorse.

“Mistakes were made in the case of an Indian doctor charged with a terrorism offence but there is no need to apologize to recently released Mohammed Haneef” Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Monday. He insisted that in tackling terrorism “it’s better to be safe than sorry” and that “it’s better to have laws that allow someone to be taken into detention and questioned when there is a reasonable suspicion.”

Indeed, the entire episode has unearthed lot of questions in and around this new born Australian celebrity, called Dr. Mohamed Haneef!! What say?

>> Compiled from various sources

4 Comments so far

  1. Eye For India (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    Reminds me of the Bob Woolmer “Murder” case.

  2. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 6:27 am

    Thank you indeed for raising this topic as we seem to let go of this rather easily.

    It is sad to see very little done by the Indian/Karnataka government towards unfair treatment of its fellow citizen(well I am not interested in the argument that Dr Haneef had after all left his country to work else where,we know its a globalised world)

    It is sad to see the sorry state of our diplomacy failing to secure some dignity for our Doctor.I wonder,would this have happenned if his name was diffrent or if he were from the western hemisphere,well perhaps! but not at the scale where without much evidence he was detained.
    I am concerned about the profiling done nowadays,would that mean every person who had a certain name or of a certain religion risks himself this fate….very shameful.

    I think its about time the Indian netas give a serious thought about this,after all its India’s position in the current world at stake.

    But on the positive side it is nice to know that Dr Haneef is been cleared of all charges(even though the Australian authorities owe an apology)
    and Bangalore can once again boost of its powers in science and hopefully not Teror.

  3. Sajith M (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    Agree with you Rajesh. It is indeed a shame that ‘Innocent until proved Guilty’ is being turned upside down and becoming ‘Guilty until proved otherwise’.

    Thats said, am glad that Dr. Haneef was freed in less than a month. While it would have been better if he did not have to undergo this, the australian justice department’s track record of freeing him in less than a month is better than our own where it is common for undertrails in to be lodged in jails for months together without even being charged. There is a related post by apun ka desh.

  4. sethuraman (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    At last the Haneef episode comes to an end even though temporarily. What a waste of time, energy and space for the media?
    There are many unanswered questions – is Haneef so innocent bacha? And what media/tv interviews, the spouse immediately appealing to the PM, the MEA Minister Ahmed responding – spouse commenting Indian High Comm would have paid the legal fees etc. etc. Does this person deserve all this.
    And the shrewd politician he is, Kumaraswamy offers a Surgeon’s posting without knowing the qualification, experience and background — this is a minority community vote gathering farce!!
    Time alone can tell if Haneef is really innocent and let us see what the Australian Ministers have to say in this regard.
    And keep a close watch on the contributions towards the legal expenses of this great patriot (he says I do not need an apology but my country needs it !! what patriotic words – must be some ghostwriter)–

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