Media frenzy over 'terror plot arrest' of cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother

Media frenzy over 'terror plot arrest' of cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother

Police have charged Arsalan Khawaja, brother of Australian Test cricketer Usman Khawaja, with attempting to pervert justice and forgery over a notebook that supposedly contained a terror hit list targeting federal politicians and places in Sydney.

Arsalan, 39, was arrested on Tuesday morning after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police.

"The arrest relates to documents allegedly found on University of NSW grounds in August this year containing plans to facilitate terrorism attacks", the statement read.

Earlier this year, Sri Lankan-born PhD student Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen was arrested on a terror-related charge.

Nizamdeen spent four weeks in solitary confinement at Sydney's Goulburn Supermax prison before all terrorism charges against him were dropped in October.

Police alleged on Tuesday that Nizamdeen had been "set up in a planned and calculated manner" by Arsalan.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday afternoon.

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Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, ex-foreign minister Julie Bishop and their Liberal Party colleague Bronwyn Bishop were also listed as potential targets.

Willing confirmed there is no ongoing threat to the community. "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.

The arrest came just two days before his brother, Usman, is expected to play for Australia in the first test match of a four-game series against India in Adelaide. Out of respect for the process it'd be inappropriate for me to make any further comment, ' Usman said.

Willing added that police believe Khawaja orchestrated the set up and may have been motivated by a dispute over a woman.

"He has been charged with one count of attempting to pervert justice [Criminal Crimes act 1914 - Cth] and one count of forgery - making a false document [NSW Crimes Act]".

According to the Herald, Mr Nizamdeen is now suing police over his arrest, claiming the authorities were "immature" and "unprofessional" in the way they treated him.

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