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Brother of test cricketer Khawaja arrested in Australia

AP  |  Sydney 

The brother of has been taken into custody by police investigating the discovery in August of a containing a purported terrorist hit-list.

Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a for New state police.

Australian media, quoting police sources, said Arsalan was being questioned about forgery and an attempt to pervert justice.

The arrest comes as prepares with the squad in ahead of Thursday's first test against India, the start of a crucial four-match series in which the home side could challenge India's position as the world's top-ranked test team.

Tuesday's police operation stemmed from the discovery in an office at the of a laptop which contained an alleged hit-list naming former and his deputy

The device also reportedly contained blueprints for attacks on train stations and landmarks such as the Opera House.

The reported police were not alleging intended to carry out terrorist attacks but that he tampered with the laptop to frame a colleague, 25-year-old PhD student

Nizamdeen spent four weeks in solitary confinement at before all terrorism charges against him were dropped in October.

The said aimed to frame Nizamdeen in a dispute over a woman. Nizamdeen, speaking from his native Sri Lanka, later described the police operation which led to his arrest as "immature, embarrassing and biased."

"I am completely exonerated and I hope the media and the Sri Lankan public can help me pick up the pieces of my shattered life," he said.

The reported Nizamdeen was now planning to sue police.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 10:15 IST