Khawaja wants privacy after police charge on his brother
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has said that the batsman wants some privacy regarding the issues on the police charge on his brother Arsalan Khawaja.
Arsalan Khawaja was arrested in relation to “documents allegedly found on University of NSW grounds in August this year containing plans that purported to facilitate terrorist attacks,” NSW Police confirmed.
The arrest comes as Usman Khawaja prepares with the Australia squad in Adelaide ahead of Thursday’s first test against India, the start of a crucial four-match series in which the home side could challenge India’s position as the world’s top-ranked test team.
In the police operation happened on Tuesday, they claimed a laptop which contained an alleged hit-list naming former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Julie Bishop. The device also reportedly contained blueprints for attacks on train stations and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.
As Australia prepare for Thursday’s opening Test against India in Adelaide, Usman Khawaja fronted the media to address the situation. “I won’t say much. It’s a matter for the police to deal with it,” the 31-year-old star told reporters. “Out of respect for the process, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment.”
“I just ask for you to please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy at this time.”
Earlier on Tuesday, NSW Police released a statement which read: “A man arrested in Sydney’s west this morning as part of an ongoing NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation has now been charged.
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].
The man has been refused bail and is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court today [Tuesday 4 December 2018].”