Haneef mediation talks end successfully

Lawyers acting for wrongfully arrested and detained Dr Mohamed Haneef have today settled his claim for compensation.
Maurice Blackburn Principal Rod Hodgson said: "I am delighted to announce that Maurice Blackburn, on behalf of Dr Haneef, has settled the mediation with the Federal Government over his wrongful detention in 2007. Part of the agreement is that the parties do not discuss the details of this settlement, although I can say that Dr Haneef will receive substantial compensation.
"Today's momentous outcome has been a long time coming for Dr Haneef.
"This mediation closes the book on an incident that was a stain on Australia's reputation as a fair place to live and work.
"The discussions held over the last two days between the Australian Government and Dr Haneef reached a fair outcome that recognises the injustice that Dr Haneef suffered.
Dr Haneef was an innocent man who suffered a terrible injustice when he was wrongfully detained and charged with a terrorism-related offence.
Those actions dramatically affected Dr Haneef's family, his career, his life, his time in Australia, and his reputation.
The events did not occur on the watch of the current Federal Government. This Government set up the Clarke Inquiry and acted upon its findings.
I sincerely congratulate the current Federal Government for being able to recognise this past injustice and act to rectify it. It would have been a tragedy to prolong this.
Everybody who participated in this mediation over the last few days did so in good faith, and I want to in particular thank our mediator Mr Tony Fitzgerald QC.
The terms of the settlement including the amount of compensation are confidential."
Commending on the settlement, Dr Mohamed Haneef said:
"My wrongful arrest and detention in 2007 was very traumatic, and today's settlement is a chance to end that part of my life and move on with my family.
"I would like to thank my lawyers and the people in Australia who have supported me over the past three years. All of you have been a great source of strength for my family."

 

Lawyers acting for wrongfully arrested and detained Dr Mohamed Haneef have today settled his claim for compensation.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Rod Hodgson said: "I am delighted to announce that Maurice Blackburn, on behalf of Dr Haneef, has settled the mediation with the Federal Government over his wrongful detention in 2007. Part of the agreement is that the parties do not discuss the details of this settlement, although I can say that Dr Haneef will receive substantial compensation.

"Today's momentous outcome has been a long time coming for Dr Haneef.

"This mediation closes the book on an incident that was a stain on Australia's reputation as a fair place to live and work.

"The discussions held over the last two days between the Australian Government and Dr Haneef reached a fair outcome that recognises the injustice that Dr Haneef suffered.

Dr Haneef was an innocent man who suffered a terrible injustice when he was wrongfully detained and charged with a terrorism-related offence.

Those actions dramatically affected Dr Haneef's family, his career, his life, his time in Australia, and his reputation.

The events did not occur on the watch of the current Federal Government. This Government set up the Clarke Inquiry and acted upon its findings.

I sincerely congratulate the current Federal Government for being able to recognise this past injustice and act to rectify it. It would have been a tragedy to prolong this.

Everybody who participated in this mediation over the last few days did so in good faith, and I want to in particular thank our mediator Mr Tony Fitzgerald QC.

The terms of the settlement including the amount of compensation are confidential."

Commenting on the settlement, Dr Mohamed Haneef said:

"My wrongful arrest and detention in 2007 was very traumatic, and today's settlement is a chance to end that part of my life and move on with my family.

"I would like to thank my lawyers and the people in Australia who have supported me over the past three years. All of you have been a great source of strength for my family."

Read more about the mediation

Read the Federal Government's released apology to Dr Haneef