His arrest this week got here greater than three months after Mr Nizamdeen was wrongfully arrested and charged over the pocket book, earlier than being cleared of all prices in October.
However associates who’ve recognized the Sri Lankan nationwide since he began at UNSW in 2013, say he was unaware of any private grievance held by Mr Khawaja, as a result of “Kamer didn’t have any grievances or disputes with anybody”.
“The concept Kamer had a dispute with [Mr Khawaja] is unsuitable … he did not have any dispute with anyone in relation to a 3rd social gathering,” mentioned a pal, who requested to not be named.
“Police are alleging [Arsalan] had a private grievance … associated to another person, however the one individual that may actually reply that’s Arsalan.”
The pal mentioned he had communicated by textual content message this week with Mr Nizamdeen, who was “relieved” following the arrest of Mr Khawaja.
“He was relieved that among the different info have come out,” the pal mentioned, including, “we are able to converse for everybody who is aware of Kamer in Sydney right here. He is a superb man. He’s the final individual you’d count on to be caught up on this.”
Mr Khawaja on Tuesday declined to touch upon the fees “out of respect” for the police course of.
A Colombo-based spokesman for Justice For Kamer (a marketing campaign group arrange on Fb after Mr Nizamdeen’s arrest) mentioned Mr Khawaja was understood to be “jealous of Kamer’s skilled work and his reputation within the office”, including that claims of a love triangle with one other lady was “pretend information”.
The spokesman described Mr Khawaja’s alleged plot as “vile”.
Mr Nizamdeen was held in custody for 4 weeks in August, after a tip-off to police led to the invention of the pocket book, which allegedly contained plans to strike Sydney landmarks and senior politicians, together with former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.
On Tuesday, Mr Khawaja appeared earlier than Parramatta Native Courtroom, charged with making an attempt to pervert justice, by giving unfaithful proof in proceedings towards Kamer Nizamdeen, and forgery, by making a false doc.
He was granted strict conditional bail, to look once more on February 12.
Lucy Cormack is a criminal offense reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.