Careful with that SIM card, Eugene

It appears that AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty is busy preparing one-liners for his upcoming debut as a stand-up comic at next year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival:

Terror suspect doctor charged
The Age
July 14, 2007

Gold Coast doctor Mohamed Haneef has been charged with providing support to a terrorist organisation, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement today.

Haneef, 27, an Indian national who was living and working at Southport on Queensland’s Gold Coast, was charged today over his involvement with the alleged perpetrators of the failed UK bombings on June 29 and 30.

“He has been charged with providing support to a terrorist organisation contrary to Section 102.7(2) of the Criminal Code Act 1995,” the AFP statement said.

The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years’ jail.

Haneef is already in custody and is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

Police will allege Haneef supported a terrorist organisation by “recklessly” giving his mobile phone SIM card to people planning car bomb attacks in the UK.

“The specific allegation involves recklessness rather than intention,” AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty told reporters in Canberra today.

“The allegation being that he was reckless about some of the support he provided to that group, in particular the provision of his SIM card for the use of the group.”

    102.7 Providing support to a terrorist organisation

    (1) A person commits an offence if:

    (a) the person intentionally provides to an organisation support or resources that would help the organisation engage in an activity described in paragraph (a) of the definition of terrorist organisation in this Division; and

    (b) the organisation is a terrorist organisation; and

    (c) the person knows the organisation is a terrorist organisation.

    Penalty: Imprisonment for 25 years.

    (2) A person commits an offence if:

    (a) the person intentionally provides to an organisation support or resources that would help the organisation engage in an activity described in paragraph (a) of the definition of terrorist organisation in this Division; and

    (b) the organisation is a terrorist organisation; and

    (c) the person is reckless as to whether the organisation is a terrorist organisation.

    Penalty: Imprisonment for 15 years.

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