Brother of Oz cricketer arrested over fake terror 'hit list'

Ross Houston
December 5, 2018

News of Arsalan Khawaja's arrest and charges broke on Tuesday morning as Usman Khawaja was batting in the nets ahead of Australia's opening Test match of the home summer against India at Adelaide Oval.

A police source told AFP Arsakan Khawaja, 39, was arrested in suburban Sydney and is being questioned in relation to allegations he attempted to pervert justice by making a false document.

Authorities swung into action in August after a handwritten book was found at the University of New South Wales in August, outlining alleged plans for a series of attacks.

Counter-terrorism police detained Arsalan Khawaja, alleging he wrote a fraudulent diary entry that led to the now-withdrawn terror charge against Sri Lankan national Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen.

The charges were subsequently dropped during a court mention on October 24 after handwriting experts concluded the notes were not written in the student's hand.

Ten Daily is reporting he is Arsalan Khawaja, the brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja.

"What we will be alleging is that he (Nizamdeen) was set up in a planned and calculated manner".

He has been taken to the Police Area Command in Parramatta.

Occurring back in August, Nizamdeen, 25, was charged with a number of terror offences and held in custody for one month, after authorities found a notebook that allegedly detailed potential attacks on Sydney landmarks and plotting to kill then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his former deputy Julie Bishop. "We feel very sorry for him and what has happened to him.[but] we had to act early at the time, given the threats contained in that notebook".

Willing said police believe Khawaja orchestrated the set-up and may have been motivated by a dispute over a woman.

"We have no information to suggest that there is any ongoing threat to the community arising from our inquiries into the matter".

Speaking hours after the arrest, he asked for his family's privacy to be respected. "Out of respect for the process it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment", he said.

Mr Nizamdeen was charged with creating a document in connection with preparing for a terrorist act.

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