The “good Muslims” are the ones we should be worried about. That doesn’t make the ‘bad Muslims’ better. It makes the whole lot undesirable.
‘He’s a good Muslim’: Family of Sri Lankan student accused of plotting to kill Malcolm Turnbull says he is known for his Elvis impersonations and has been framed
- Sri Lankan national Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen was charged with terror plot
- The University of New South Wales student, 25, granted bail in Sydney court
- Adnaan Sabireen, Mr Nizamdeen’s cousin, said he was a good Muslim
- Director of Public Prosecutions conceded the notepad evidence was weak
A Sydney-based Sri Lankan university student who has been accused of plotting terror attacks is known for his Elvis impersonations at parties.
Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested in August after a notepad was found allegedly containing detailed terror plans to kill Mr Turnbull, his former Liberal deputy Julie Bishop and former speaker of the house Bronwyn Bishop.
The University of New South Wales student and IT worker, who is the nephew of a Sri Lankan cabinet minister, was also accused of plotting to blow up the Opera House and major Sydney train stations.
Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen (pictured), 25, was arrested in August after a notepad was found allegedly containing detailed terror plans
‘He also goes out to parties and he does a pretty decent impersonation of Elvis (pictured),’ Mr Nizamdeen’s cousin said
Adnaan Sabireen, Mr Nizamdeen’s cousin, spoke to A Current Affair and said the family believe he has been set up.
Mr Sabireen said his cousin was a good Muslim and is ‘particular about following the rules within the religion, within Islam’.
‘We have grown up quite close together. He’s very easy to get along with, very friendly and very open, very fun person,’ Mr Sabireen said.
‘He also goes out to parties and he does a pretty decent impersonation of Elvis.’
Last Friday, Mr Nizamdeen was released on bail after Director of Public Prosecutions solicitor Soo Choi conceded the evidence contained in the notebook was weak and that no extremist material was found.
‘The prosecution has become aware that an expert handwriting examiner found an inconclusive result on the relevant entries contained in the notebook,’ she told Central Local Court in Sydney today, the ABC reported.
‘Without a conclusive expert opinion suggesting the defendant was the relevant author, evidence for the charge has been significantly weakened.’
Magistrate Robert Williams acknowledged the prosecution had raised doubts about the notepad, found by a fellow UNSW student, and granted Mr Nizamdeen bail.
Last Friday, Mr Nizamdeen (pictured) was released on bail after Director of Public Prosecutions solicitor Soo Choi conceded the evidence contained in the notebook was weak and that no extremist material was found
Nizamdeen (pictured), who had relatives in court on Friday, is the nephew of Sri Lanka’s Sports and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha
Mr Nizamdeen, who had relatives in court on Friday, is the nephew of Sri Lanka’s Sports and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha.
The accused’s defence lawyer Moustafa Kheir tweeted the verdict shortly after appearing in court on his behalf.
‘Bail granted to my client Mohamad Nizamdeen today,’ he said.
‘Police case is hopeless, as notes in question are not his.
‘We will continue to seek justice until my client is fully exonerated.’
Last week hundreds of people gathered in Mr Nizamdeen’s home city of Colombo in Sri Lanka to protest his arrest and proclaim his innocence.
Mr Nizamdeen’s student visa was cancelled after his arrest in late August.
Mr Nizamdeen’s (pictured) student visa was cancelled after his arrest in late August