The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has sobbed as he apologised for inflicting a colleague to spend a month in jail after he jealously framed him with false terrorism claims.
Arsalan Tariq Khawaja additionally admitted to beforehand making false terrorist claims to authorities about one other perceived love rival, telling them the person might be concentrating on his well-known batsman brother.
The 40-year-old was giving proof at his sentence listening to within the New South Wales District Courtroom on Friday, after pleading responsible to perverting the course of justice and dishonestly influencing a public official.
He has requested the decide to take into consideration additional issues of forging a doc for a public official to simply accept it as real and inducing a witness to offer false testimony.
Usman Khawaja additionally gave proof, by way of audio-visual hyperlink from Brisbane, describing his older brother as having beforehand been “a mannequin citizen” who was beloved by his cricketing teammates.
Arsalan Khawaja broke down as he admitted forging entries within the pocket book of his UNSW colleague Kamer Nizamdeen in August 2018 after being jealous of his contact with a girl good friend.
The entries included demise threats in opposition to then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the governor basic, in addition to lists to assault police stations, an Anzac Day ceremony, the Boxing Day Check match and landmarks together with St Mary’s Cathedral.
Nizamdeen was arrested and held in a high-security jail for one month till the reality was found.
“Kamer is a high bloke. He’s a good friend of mine and I let him down,” Khawaja mentioned.
“I precipitated him plenty of ache. I precipitated his household plenty of ache. He didn’t do something.”
He denied wanting him arrested, and mentioned he simply needed him to be investigated and to depart work so Khawaja may spend time with the lady.
Requested why he didn’t inform police the reality after his good friend’s arrest, he mentioned “to be blunt, I used to be a coward” and didn’t need to be arrested himself.
He admitted that in 2017 he phoned authorities about one other harmless man of whom he was jealous and made visa and terrorism accusations, together with that the person had educated abroad.
He accepted he had named his well-known brother as a potential goal of the person.
He denied wanting the person deported, saying he had simply hoped that the decision would “merely lead me to getting extra time” with a girl related to them each.
He spoke of being “fearful of abandonment”, of listening to voices and having hallucinations, and having been recognized with borderline personality disorder for which he’s now being handled.
“I’m ashamed of the individual I had turn out to be earlier than I got here to jail.”
Usman Khawaja testified that he had appeared as much as his brother who had been highly regarded, did properly at college and college, labored at IBM at a excessive degree and obtained clearance to do authorities work.
“Up till this era of his life, he had been a really perfect citizen … a mannequin citizen, up till just lately.”
When his brother was arrested he maintained it was a police set-up and he’d executed nothing flawed, however he had since admitted his actions, undergone therapy and apologised each time he spoke to him.
He had the complete help of their dad and mom, himself and their different brother.
The sentence listening to will proceed earlier than Decide Robert Weber on 2 October.