Australia: Aussie Muslim Terror Case Dropped

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A high-profile terrorism case against an Australian Muslim medical student was thrown out Monday, November 12, after a judge ruled that intelligence agents had preached law by falsely “kidnapping” and detaining the young man, reported the Sydney Herald Morning. “I am satisfied that B15 and B16 committed the criminal offences of false imprisonment and kidnapping at common law and also an offence under section 86 of the Crimes Act,” said New South Wales Supreme Court judge Michael Adams, referring to officers from the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).

Izhar ul-Haque, 24, was charged in April 2004 with receiving weapons training from the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which Australia lists as a terrorist group, during a visit to Pakistan in 2003. But Adams found that two ASIO officers had broken the law in deliberately trying to coerce Izhar ul-Haque into making false confessions. Investigations showed that the man was intimidated, blackmailed, came under unbearable pressures and threatened with serious consequences if he did not “cooperate.” Federal police had further tried to recruit ul-Haque to be their informant among Sydney Muslims.

…”It was a gross interference by the agents of the state with the accused’s legal rights as a citizen,” he said. Intelligence and police have violated the rights “which he still has whether he be suspected of criminal conduct or not, and whether he is Muslim or not,” he added.

…Houda said ul-Hague’s case is another bolt in Australian police’s record, citing the flawed terror case of Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef earlier this year. Haneef, 27, was working at a state hospital on Australia’s Gold Coast when arrested in July and charged with “recklessly” supporting a terrorist group linked to the failed terror attacks in Lond the same month. After three weeks of investigations, Haneef was cleared. The dropping of charges against ul-Haque was also met with relief from Australia’s Muslim minority.

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