Releasing a statement on social media, brother of Sydney terror suspect Sri Lankan Kamer Nizamdeen claimed his brother has been framed. Nizamdeen, was arrested by the New South Wales Police on Thursday for alleged ‘terrorism’ charges after a notebook mentioning several targets intended for terror attacks was found.
"He was an open minded Muslim who has been framed by someone with immense jealousy in heart. Jealousy on his accolades, his position and the type of character he has developed,” his 19-year-old brother said in a social media post which has since gone viral.
Nizamdeen, a Phd student at the University of New South Wales and an alumnus of the St.Thomas College, Preparatory School, Kollupitiya and Asian International School (AIS), was arrested by the New South Wales Police after it had received a tip-off from a colleague regarding a notebook containing ‘symbolic places’ on Thursday
The brother of Nizamdeen, explaining the statements of the Police reported in the media, said that there was an attempt to mystify the public with vague statements.
"When the media tells you that he travelled to Sri Lanka and ‘other areas’ please understand that ‘other areas’ are not Syria or any war torn region in the Middle East. It is simply the United States of America where he travelled to visit family. When they tell you that they raided his apartment and found ‘Electronic Gadgets’ please note that they are referring to a Phone, Laptop and an Xbox,” he said.
In a final plea to the suspected ‘framer’, Junior Nizamdeen urged that they come forward and ‘tell the truth’.
"To he who has done this and framed my brother I sincerely cannot speak for my parents but I can forgive you. I hope you look deeply into your heart and feel guilt in your horrendous crime. I hope you can find God and that you can have sincere repentance and come out and tell the truth," he said.
The NSW Police earlier allegedly found documents 'containing plans to facilitate terrorist attacks' and a notebook that named a number of locations and individuals as 'potential targets'.
'From the documentation, we believe he would affiliate with ISIS,' Detective Superintendent Mick Sheehy told the media hours after the arrest.
Australian Federal Police detective superintendent Michael McTiernan said the charges laid against Nizamdeen were 'serious and significant'.
“At this stage there is a number of locations and individuals named in that document who are potential targets,” he told reporters on Friday.
"He has been falsely accused and as justification of having no conclusive evidence, their motive is to prolong his stay under custody to simply save themselves," the post being circulated on social media, his brother social media post further added.
Nizamdeen is also said to be a close relative of a Government Minister in Sri Lanka.