Usman Khawaja's brother arrested over alleged terror hit list

Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja’s brother arrested over alleged planned terrorist attack

The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja was charged on Tuesday with creating what police described as fake plans for attacks against prominent people that led to the imprisonment of another man he saw as a rival for the affections of a woman.

The 39-year-old was arrested in Parramatta, west of Sydney, at 8.30am today, a New South Wales police spokesperson said.

Police have confirmed that he has been charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice with regards to a false document containing information on a scheme to target senior politicians and major monuments.

The bogus hit list - which included former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Sydney Opera House - was found in a notebook at University of New South Wales on 30 August.

It led to the arrest and charging of a 25-year-old Sri Lankan postgraduate student, Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, with terrorism offences.

Police reportedly said at the time of Nizamdeen being cleared of any wrongdoing: "The (Joint Counter Terrorism Team) received definitive advice on the handwriting that has resulted in the action to discontinue the prosecution".

Usman Khawaja comments on brother's arrest for an allegedly forged terror hit list.

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

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"What we will be alleging is that he (Nizamdeen) was set up in a planned and calculated manner".

Willing added that "In relation to the charging and the subsequent dropping of the charge against the Sri Lankan citizen, we have offered, and have paid his court costs".

Australian police now say they "regret" arresting Nizamdeen.

Police will hold a press conference at 12.30pm.

Khawaja has now been charged by police.

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

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

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