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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