Cricket star Usman Khawaja's brother Arsalan reportedly arrested over terror hit list


The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja has been arrested for allegedly framing another man over a fake terror plot.

SBS reported that New South Wales Police arrested the man at Parramatta, Western Sydney this morning.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported police were not alleging Arsalan Khawaja meant to carry out terrorist attacks but that he tampered with the laptop to frame a colleague, 25-year-old PhD student Mohamed Nizamdeen.

The document led them to arrest and imprison 25-year-old Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen in August.

He was released in October after police figured out the script didn't match his handwriting and the charges were dropped.

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

He was arrested around 8.30 a.m., when he was pulled over while driving through Parramatta and taken to the nearest police precinct.

The "terror hit list" allegedly included high-profile local targets such as Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. "We feel very sorry for him and what has happened to him.[but] we had to act early at the time, given the threats contained in that notebook".

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"We have no information to suggest that there is any ongoing threat to the community arising from our inquiries into the matter".

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing tells Ben Fordham the circumstances faced by Mr Nizemdeen "were terrible".

As Australia prepare for Thursday's opening Test against India in Adelaide, Usman Khawaja fronted the media to address the situation.

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

Nizamdeen has since returned to his native Sri Lanka and is planning to sue New South Wales police.

The cricketer said: "Out of respect for the process it'd be inappropriate for me to make any further comments".

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

"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]".