Arsalan Khawaja was jailed for accusing an UNSW colleague of a...

The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for using a fake terrorist attack to accuse a colleague.

Important points:

  • Mohamed Nizamdeen was charged with terrorist attacks after being framed by Khawaja
  • Khawaja was driven by jealousy over Mr. Nizamdeen’s friendship with a woman
  • If the time is up, Khawaja can be paroled next June

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was given a two-year and six-month probationary period but was released from prison in June next year due to the time served.

40-year-old Khawaja was driven by jealousy over Mohamed Nizamdeen’s friendship with a woman at UNSW when he founded it in August 2018.

Khawaja scribbled blueprints of the killing of prominent politicians and the attack on Sydney landmarks in a notepad he stole from the budding IT business analyst.

Mr Nizamdeen was charged with terrorist offenses, barbecued by detectives for hours without a lawyer, and spent four weeks at Goulburn Supermax before his charges were dropped.

NSW District Court Judge Robert Weber said Khawaja’s “unforgivable” actions had “real and dire” consequences for Mr. Nizamdeen.

Mohamed Nizamdeen has called for an independent investigation into the ordeal.((Delivered)

Khawaja was arrested and charged in late 2018 after a handwriting expert failed to definitively prove that the plans were drawn up by Mr. Nizamdeen.

He pleaded guilty last November to distorting the course of justice and dishonestly influencing a Commonwealth official, and also admitted to falsifying and causing a witness to make false testimony.

The court previously heard that due to the end of a previous relationship, Khawaja had a “crippling fear of abandonment”.

The cricketer Usman Khawaja stands next to two people, including his brother Arsalan. The woman between them has blurred her face

The cricketer Usman Khawaja stands next to two people, including his brother Arsalan. The woman between them has blurred her face

Cricketer Usman Khawaja (left) with his brother Arsalan.((: Delivered)

He quickly developed an “emotional connection” with the woman at UNSW and was “afraid” of losing her.

Khawaja apologized during a court hearing in September and admitted that he was “a coward” for not appearing earlier and for saving Mr. Nizamdeen further suffering.

“The guy didn’t do anything and I gave him a lot of pain,” he said, sobbing in the dock.

Not only was Mr. Nizamdeen wrongly detained, he was falsely labeled a terrorist on the front page of a newspaper before police could find no evidence against him.

Khawaja’s attorney Philip Boulten SC said his client was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and described the mental illness as “persistent, severe and debilitating”.

But the judge said there could be no evidence that Khawaja’s condition deprived him of his sanity, citing evidence from a psychiatrist.

A group of people, a woman in a headscarf, walked down the street wearing masks

A group of people, a woman in a headscarf, walked down the street wearing masks

Khawaja’s parents and older brother supported him in court.((ABC News: James Carmody)

Khawaja had previously tried to accuse another man of similar allegations of terrorism after his ex left him for that man.

Mr Nizamdeen, who has returned to Sri Lanka after the ordeal, has spoken about how his life has been ruined and called for an independent investigation.

His visa to the USA was canceled due to the incident and he can no longer visit his fiancée who lives there.

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