Usman Khawaja's brother arrested by counter-terrorism police over fake terror plot
Dec 04 2018
The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja will face court amid accusations he framed a colleague with a fake terror hit list targeting senior politicians as part of a dispute involving a woman. "But, really, the person who is responsible for what occurred to him is the person we're alleging manufactured this document", Assistant Police Commissioner Mick Willing told reporters in Sydney.
Arsalan is being questioned over an attempt to pervert justice and forgery by making a false document, Australian media quoted police sources as saying.
However, authorities dropped all charges against the 25-year-old PhD student in a surprising about-face in October, when a handwriting expert found there was no "conclusive" proof that the writing in the notebook was Nizamdeen's.
The arrest comes as Usman Khawaja prepares with the Australia squad in Adelaide ahead of Thursday's first Test against India, the start of a crucial four-match series in which the home side could challenge India's position as the world's top-ranked Test team.
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.
"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", Willing said.
Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police. Nizamdeen, speaking from his native Sri Lanka, later described the police operation which led to his arrest as "immature, embarrassing and biased".
"We regret the circumstances which led to him being charged and the time he subsequently spent in custody".
Willing confirmed there is no ongoing threat to the community.
"It is a matter for police to deal with".
"I just ask for you to please respect my privacy and my family's privacy at this time".