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Fake terror plotter Arsalan Khawaja wipes away tears as he admits framing workmate who served a month in supermax

Arsalan Khawaja was jealous of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen’s friendship with a woman when he scrawled terror blueprints in a stolen notebook in August 2018. Mr Nizamdeen spent a month in Goulburn Supermax before charges were dropped.

The man who caused a UNSW colleague to spend a month in jail by framing him with a fake terror plot has tearfully admitted in court he was “a coward”.

Key points: Arsalan Tariq Khawaja framed his university colleague over a fake terror hit list written in a notebook

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja framed his university colleague over a fake terror hit list written in a notebook His UNSW colleague, Mohamed Nizamdeen, then faced terrorism charges and a month in jail

His UNSW colleague, Mohamed Nizamdeen, then faced terrorism charges and a month in jail Arsalan Khawaja admitted to being jealous over a woman, the court heard

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was jealous of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen’s friendship with a woman when he scrawled terror blueprints in a stolen notebook in August 2018.

Khawaja, the 40-year-old brother of cricketer Usman Khawaja, sobbed as he told Downing Centre District Court the friendship triggered insecurities and mental health issues.

“To be blunt, I was a coward,” he said.

“I lacked the courage to come forward. I didn’t want him arrested … I should have come forward.”

Mohamed Nizamdeen has spoken about how the ordeal ruined his life. ( Supplied )

Mr Nizamdeen spent a month in Goulburn Supermax before charges were dropped when a handwriting expert could not conclusively prove the notebook contained his writing.

The 2018 framing was not the first time Khawaja had used…

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