Usman Khawaja’s brother arrested over alleged terror hit list
The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has been arrested over a forged terror hit list found at the University of NSW earlier this year.
At 8.30am today, police pulled over 39-year-old Arsalan Khawaja at Parramatta, in Sydney’s west, and took him into custody.
The Joint Counter Terrorism Team has been investigating a notebook containing alleged plans to kill senior politicians and target major landmarks.
25-year-old PhD student Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen was arrested over the document in August but has since had all terror-related charges against him dropped because his handwriting didn’t match the notebook.
Arsalan Khawaja is accused of framing his colleague, “motivated by a personal grievance” over a woman.
Khawaja has now been charged by police.
He’s been granted conditional bail, including a $50,000 security.
Arsalan Khawaja, the brother of Test cricketer Usman Khawaja, with his father who’s posted $50k bail surety for his release after he was charged over an alleged fake terror plot @2GB873 pic.twitter.com/jQe7NVJl3x
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As part of his bail conditions, he must surrender his passport, and not go within 100 metres of the university’s campuses.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing tells Ben Fordham the circumstances faced by Mr Nizemdeen “were terrible”.
“We regret what has occurred. In fact, we have offered and have paid for his court costs in relation to it.”
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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Usman Khawaja is expected to line up for Australia in the first Test against India, starting in Adelaide on Thursday.