Dr Haneef left Australia earlier this evening for Bangalore with his lawyer Peter Russo. Immigration officials gave him the all-clear to leave earlier today. They did not, however, restore his visa. Kevin Andrews is still stubbornly hanging on to the same old line. Dr Haneef has not, however, been deported.
So, there is still work to do to ensure that Dr Haneef’s and Firdous Arshiya’s visas are restored so that there is no future implication for their freedom and ability to travel.
Dr Haneef, if you ever read this, I wish you all the best. I am sorry to see you go, but so happy for you that you are able to see your wife, your child and your family again.