The Commonwealth DPP’s office provides another sign that the Federal Police’s actions deserve serious scrutiny:
In its submission to the inquiry into the handling of the case, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) says one of its staff felt “extreme pressure” to assure police they could charge Dr Haneef.
The CDPP also says they were not given enough information by the AFP to correctly decide the strength of the case against Dr Haneef.
Now I don’t think this reflects well on the DPP either. The fact is that they made a recommendation – if they felt they had insufficient information to form an appropriate opinion, they should have said so. But it seems that the AFP were driven to ensure Haneef was detained and prosecuted – which brings us back again to concerns about political involvement in the process. Their apparent prognostication about what they would manage to discover is also a worry:
The CDPP now says prosecutors were wrong to advise the AFP that they could charge Dr Haneef, but their decision was based on assurances that gaps in the evidence would be filled by ongoing investigations.