Dec 04, Sydney: The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has been arrested by counter terrorism investigators over an alleged faked terrorism plot to frame a Sri Lankan student as a terrorist over a personal grudge.
Arsalan Khawaja was arrested in Parramatta this morning, SBS News reported.
The 39-year-old has been charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice relating to the discovery of a notebook containing alleged concocted plans to carry out terror attacks in Australia. Each charge can result in a 10-year jail sentence.
His arrest follows an investigation into an allegedly fake list of terror targets found in a notebook that was used as evidence to charge Sri Lankan-born PhD student Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen with a terror offence.
Nizamdeen was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in Goulburn Supermax prison for four weeks after the discovery of the notebook on a UNSW campus that purportedly belonged to him, which detailed plans to make attacks on Sydney landmarks and to kill the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his former deputy Julie Bishop.
The prosecutors withdrew the terror charge against Mr Nizamdeen, who was a contract worker at the University of New South Wales, last month due to a lack of evidence connecting him to the notebook.
Police allege that the creation of the notebook was related to a "personal grievance" between Arsalan Khawaja and Nizamdeen over a woman.
Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said police will be alleging that Nizamdeen was set up in "planned and calculated manner, motivated by a personal grievance."
Mr Nizamdeen plans to sue the police for 'unforgivable' treatment after the prosecution dropped terror charges against him, his lawyer said when he was released.