ASIO agents face Ul-Haque inquiry

Freed terror suspect Izhar Ul-Haque. (AAP)

The ASIO agents responsible for intimidating and illegally detaining freed terror suspect Izhar Ul-Haque will be investigated

, the federal Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Ian Carnell has announced.

Terrorism charges against Sydney medical student Izhar Ul-Haque were dropped on Monday, because of what Supreme Court judge Michael Adams said was unlawful conduct by ASIO officers.

Justice Adams said officers had kidnapped, unlawfully detained, and violated the civil rights of Mr Ul-Haque.

The judge said the conduct had been "grossly improper and constituted an unjustified and unlawful interference with the personal liberty of the accused".

News Limited papers today reported that Mr Carnell had announced an inquiry into ASIO, which would look not only at the actions of the agents, but at the security organisation's policy and procedure for interviewing persons of security interest.

The former president of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, Ian Wing, welcomed the inquiry.

Mr Wing, now an associate professor at Charles Sturt University, said he feared ASIO was verging on becoming the "secret police", News Limited papers said.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said yesterday it was not his place to direct or recommend action be taken against the officers.

It was up to Mr Ul-Haque to complain, Mr Ruddock said.

News Ltd also said agents involved in raiding Mr Al Haque's home in 2003 ignored key warnings about the limitations of their powers, according to closed court documents released yesterday.

About 30 officers from ASIO, the NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were involved in the raid, News Ltd said.
Meanwhile, Fairfax newspapers say AFP commissioner Mick Keelty has flagged a wide ranging inquiry into his organisation and ASIO, following the Ul-Haque debacle.

"I'm considering a significant review in consultation with other agencies," Mr Keelty told Fairfax.

"We always knew that the interoperability of intelligence and law enforcement was something that our system had not dealt wth previously."

The inquiry would require the co-operation of ASIO and other intelligence bodies, and would probably be headed by an judge,
Fairfax reported.
Source AAP

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