Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

Cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

Assistant police commissioner Mick Willing told reporters that Mr Nizamdeen, 25, had been the victim of a "planned and calculated" ruse, which he said was "motivated, in part, by a personal grievance".

Kamer, who was arrested by the police in August, after a terror list was found from his notebook, which included PM Turbull's name.

The alarming find led to the highly publicised wrongful arrest of Mohamed Nizamdeen, a PhD student and casual employee at the Sydney University campus.

He was later released when a handwriting expert could not prove he had written it.

Usman Khawaja was spotted at Australian cricket team training, while his brother is in custody at Parramatta Police station.

Arsalan Khawaja is facing serious forgery and attempting to pervert justice charges relating to the discovery of a notebook containing alleged concocted plans to carry out terror attacks in Australia.

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was arrested in Sydney's west on Tuesday morning following an investigation into the document which was allegedly found at the University of NSW in August.

He says they've always been determined to get to the bottom of the matter and "today's arrest is the culmination of that".

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He said there is no ongoing threat to the community.

Willing added that "In relation to the charging and the subsequent dropping of the charge against the Sri Lankan citizen, we have offered, and have paid his court costs".

As Australia prepare for Thursday's opening Test against India in Adelaide, Usman Khawaja fronted the media to address the situation.

Mr Nizamdeen endured more than four weeks in solitary confinement after he was arrested on terrorism charges.

In October, counter-terrorism police questioned Khawaja, who was reportedly employed alongside Nizamdeen, and later searched his Westmead home.

"I just ask for you to please respect my privacy and my family's privacy at this time".

The cricketer said: "Out of respect for the process it'd be inappropriate for me to make any further comments".

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