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
"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
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
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."
more about the mediation
Federal Government's released apology to Dr Haneef