Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

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.

Police allege 39-year-old Arsalan Khawaja created a fake document "containing plans that purported to facilitate terrorism attacks".

Its alarming discovery led to the wrongful arrest of PhD student Mohamed Nizamdeen, but the case against him was dismissed after officers were left unable to link the handwriting on the notebook to him.

It did not appear from the charges that the list was linked to any credible assassination plots.

His brother Usman Khawaja is one of Australia's leading batsmen.

"We regret the circumstances which led to him being charged and the time he subsequently spent in custody".

"We feel very sorry for him and what was happened to him but what we will be alleging is that he was set up in a planned and calculated manner", he told reporters in Sydney.

Targets allegedly included former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and several major landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House.

Arsalan is being questioned over an attempt to pervert justice and forgery by making a false document, Australian media quoted police sources as saying.

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He said acting early to prevent a potential terrorist threat was critical.

Arsalan Khawaja is accused of framing his colleague, "motivated by a personal grievance" over a woman.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Nizamdeen was now planning to sue police.

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

Usman Khawaja is expected to line up for Australia in the first Test against India, starting in Adelaide on Thursday.

"This is a matter for police to deal with".

"Out of respect for the process, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment".

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

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