Cricketer's brother accused of framing terror suspect

Sports | 5 Dec 2018

The brother of a top Australian cricketer was charged by police for framing a love rival as the author of a hit list that sparked a major counterterrorism investigation.

Arsalan Khawaja, 39, brother of leading Test batsman Usman, is due to appear in court on charges of forgery and attempting to pervert justice.

For months he appears to have convinced police that his 26-year-old university colleague Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen was embroiled in a plot to kill then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Sri Lankan-born PhD student spent a month in solitary confinement at a remote prison, where he was questioned about targets, not just including Australia's then leader, but reportedly the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city's iconic Opera House.

Nizamdeen was eventually released in September, when police figured out the script did not match his handwriting. The charges were later dropped.

Police believe Khawaja orchestrated the set up and may have been motivated by a dispute over a woman.


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