Aus­tralian crick­eter’s brother nabbed over ter­ror charges

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL -

Syd­ney: The brother of Aus­tralian crick­eter Us­man Khawaja has been ar­rested here in re­la­tion to a fake ter­ror “hit list”, po­lice said on Tues­day.

Ar­salan Khawaja, 37, was charged af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a fake ter­ror plot to kill se­nior politi­cians, which he al­legedly cre­ated to “set up” a male work col­league, when the two were fight­ing over a woman, Xin­hua news agency re­ported. He was ar­rested around 8.30 a.m., when he was pulled over while driv­ing through Par­ra­matta and taken to the near­est po­lice precinct. He was charged with at­tempt­ing to per­vert jus­tice, by giv­ing un­true ev­i­dence in pro­ceed­ings against Kamer Niza­mdeen, and forgery, by mak­ing a false doc­u­ment, Can­berra Times said. Counter-ter­ror­ism po­lice de­tained Ar­salan Khawaja, al­leg­ing he wrote a fraud­u­lent di­ary en­try that led to the now-with­drawn ter­ror charge against Sri Lankan na­tional Mo­hamed Kamer Ni­lar Niza­mdeen.

“We be­lieve this was planned and it was cal­cu­lated,” said As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mick Will­ing, of the NSW Counter Ter­ror­ism and Spe­cial Tac­tics Com­mand.

Us­man Khawaja

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