Police have charged Arsalan Khawaja, brother of Australian Test cricketer Usman Khawaja, with attempting to pervert justice and forgery over a notebook that supposedly contained a terror hit list targeting federal politicians and places in Sydney.
News of Arsalan Khawaja's arrest and charges broke on Tuesday morning as Usman Khawaja was batting in the nets ahead of Australia's opening Test match of the home summer against India at Adelaide Oval.
Police in Australia have charged Arsalan Khawaja, 39, with forgery and an attempt to pervert justice.
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.
The alarming find led to the highly publicised wrongful arrest of Mohamed Nizamdeen, a PhD student and casual employee at the Sydney University campus.
But the police's failure to match the two handwritings saw the Lankan being released.
Khawaja, whose brother Usman is an opening batsman for Australia's cricket team, was bailed on condition he surrender his passport and report to police three times a week.
Now, police allege Mr Nizamdeen was set up by Mr Khawaja.
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Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, police were hit with a stream of questions from reporters but refused to divulge many details of the case (including Arsalan Khawaja's name) - instead stating all details will be referred to court.
It allegedly outlined threats to kill former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, former foreign minister Julie Bishop and attacks on a number of iconic sites.
"We have no information to suggest that there is any ongoing threat to the community arising from our inquiries into the matter".
"Out of respect for the process, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment".
"In relation to the charging and the subsequent dropping of the charge against the Sri Lankan citizen, we have offered, and have paid his court costs", Willing said.
Following "definitive advice", NSW Police formally withdrew the charges on November 16.
Australian police now say they "regret" arresting Nizamdeen.