Cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother has been charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice over a fake terror hit list

Supplied/NSW PolicePolice with a ’39-year-old Westmead man’ charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice over a fake terror hit list found at a Sydney university in August.

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.

The fake list, contained in a notebook, was found in an office at the University of NSW in August, and contained plans to kill politicians, including the then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop and Bronwyn Bishop, as well as attacks on landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.

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

The IT business analyst and PhD student, spend a month in Goulburn’s supermax prison before being released on bail on September 28. The charges were subsequently dropped during a court mention on October 24 after handwriting experts concluded the notes were not written in the student’s hand.

Khawaja, 39, was arrested in Parramatta at 8.30am today following a three-month investigation by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team.

He questioned by police before being charged and was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

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