Australian arrested for fake terror plot in love spat

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The Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother Arsakan, has been arrested by the police over a terror hit list being allegedly framed by a love rival as its author.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported police were not alleging Arsalan Khawaja meant to carry out terrorist attacks but that he tampered with the laptop to frame a colleague, 25-year-old PhD student Mohamed Nizamdeen.

Khawaja had previously been questioned by police in relation to the notebook, which resulted in the wrongful arrest of PhD student Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen in August.

Nizamdeen spent four weeks in solitary confinement at Sydney's Goulburn Supermax prison before all terrorism charges against him were dropped in October.

"We believe this was planned and it was calculated", Mick Willing, the assistant commissioner of the New South Wales Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, told reporters on Tuesday.

"Out of respect for the process, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comments".

An alleged hit list included the former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.

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Mr Willing on Tuesday said Mr Nizamdeen's arrest was regrettable and police have paid his court costs, but stopped short of apologising.

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

Pakistan-born Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, who is due to make a return from injury this Thursday against India in the first of a four-Test series, made a brief statement calling for privacy while the case ran its course.

Police will hold a press conference at 12.30pm.

According to the Herald, Mr Nizamdeen is now suing police over his arrest, claiming the authorities were "immature" and "unprofessional" in the way they treated him. "We feel very sorry for him and what happened to him".

Speaking hours after the arrest, he asked for his family's privacy to be respected.

"He has been charged with one count of attempting to pervert justice [Criminal Crimes act 1914 - Cth] and one count of forgery - making a false document [NSW Crimes Act]".

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