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Australian cricketer's brother nabbed over terror charges

IANS  |  Sydney 

The brother of Australian has been arrested here in relation to a fake terror "hit list", police said on Tuesday.

Arsalan Khawaja, 37, was charged after the discovery of a fake terror plot to kill senior politicians, which he allegedly created to "set up" a male work colleague, when the two were fighting over a woman, reported.

He was arrested around 8.30 a.m., when he was pulled over while driving through Parramatta and taken to the nearest police precinct.

He was charged with attempting to pervert justice, by giving untrue evidence in proceedings against Kamer Nizamdeen, and forgery, by making a false document, said.

Counter-terrorism police detained Arsalan Khawaja, alleging he wrote a fraudulent diary entry that led to the now-withdrawn terror charge against Sri Lankan national

"We believe this was planned and it was calculated," said Mick Willing, of the

Occurring back in August, Nizamdeen, 25, was charged with a number of terror offences and held in custody for one month, after authorities found a notebook that allegedly detailed potential attacks on landmarks and plotting to kill then and his former deputy

In a volte-face, authorities dropped all charges against the PhD student in October, when a handwriting expert found there was no "conclusive" proof that the writing in the notebook was Nizamdeen's.

Arsalan is expected to be formally charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice later Tuesday.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 11:00 IST