Brother of Australia cricketer arrested over fake terror 'hit list'

Arsalan Khawaja with his brother cricket star Usman Khawaja.            
    
              
     
     
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The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja is in police custody after he was arrested in relation to a "terror hit list" found at the University of New South Wales earlier this year.

SBS reported that New South Wales Police arrested the man at Parramatta, Western Sydney this morning.

"He has been taken to Parramatta Police Area Command where he will be spoken to in relation to the alleged (charges of) attempt to pervert justice and forgery - making a false document", a police spokesperson said today.

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.

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

Willing confirmed there is no ongoing threat to the community.

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"We feel very sorry for him and what was happened to him but what we will be alleging is that he was set up in a planned and calculated manner", he told reporters in Sydney.

Mr Khawaja, who worked in the same department as Mr Nizamdeen, had been partly motivated by a "personal grievance" over a woman, police said.

Following "definitive advice", NSW Police formally withdrew the charges on November 16. Nizamdeen, speaking from his native Sri Lanka, later described the police operation which led to his arrest as "immature, embarrassing and biased".

In October, counter-terrorism police questioned Khawaja, who was reportedly employed alongside Nizamdeen, and later searched his Westmead home.

His brother offered little in the way of comment when quizzed by Fox Sports ahead of Australia's upcoming test match against India in Adelaide.

Khawaja's colleague Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen spent four weeks in Goulburn's Supermax jail after being charged with creating a document in connection with preparing for a terrorist act.

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