Cricketer Usman Khawaja’s Brother Arrested Over Terror List
The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja has been arrested in Sydney over fake documents containing alleged plans for terror attacks targeting former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and other MPs.
The 39-year-old, named in multiple media reports as Arsalan Khawaja, is being questioned by NSW Police after being arrested on Tuesday as part of an ongoing Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation.
The documents were allegedly found at the University of NSW in August.
Usman Khawaja (L) with his brother, Arsalan
The man has been taken to the Police Area Command in Parramatta.
"He will be spoken to in relation to the alleged attempt to pervert justice, and forgery - making a false document," NSW Police said in a statement.
The arrest comes about three weeks after charges were dropped against a Sri Lankan man, 25, who was wrongly accused of creating the documents.
Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen, who has returned to Sri Lanka, plans to sue for compensation after being detained in Goulburn's Supermax jail following his arrest in August.
The University of NSW contractor was charged with creating a document in connection with preparing for a terrorist act, and spent four weeks behind bars.
He was released on bail in late September.
Later, handwriting experts found differences between the script in the notebook and Mr Nizamdeen's own writing.
Following "definitive advice", NSW Police formally withdrew the charges on November 16.