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Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja’s brother drawn into alleged terror plot

Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja has flown home to find his brother is helping police investigate an alleged terror plot.

Arsalan Khawaja works with Mohamed Nizamdeen who was recently cleared of a plan to target former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

At the centre of the alleged plot – a hand-written notebook.

Khawaja had little to say about the investigation after arriving home from Abu Dhabi.

Counter-terrorism police raided Arsalan’s home this week looking for evidence relating to a notebook found at the University of New South Wales.

Arsalan Khawaja with brother Usman.Arsalan Khawaja with brother Usman.
Camera IconArsalan Khawaja with brother Usman.Picture: 7 News

Inside the notebook was a detailed plan for a terror attack on former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, among others.

The owner of the notebook – Mohamed Nizamdeen – was wrongfully arrested and charged.

That charge was sensationally dropped on Friday but not before Mr Nizamdeen spent four weeks in Goulburn’s Supermax locked-up with Australia’s most dangerous criminals.

Arsalan has not been arrested or charged in relation to the matter.

At Arsalan’s Westmead home his other brother Nauman was also tight-lipped.

Mohamed Nizamdeen.Mohamed Nizamdeen.
Camera IconMohamed Nizamdeen.Picture: 7 News

Usman this afternoon released a statement urging people not to pre-judge the situation and to allow the process to take its course.

It’s understood that there was bad blood between Mr Nizamdeen and another man over a woman.

Counter-terrorism police are investigating if that’s what led to the disturbing notebook enteries they found.

Nizamdeen has indicated he will seek his legal costs and compensation from New South Wales Police.

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