A Sri Lankan university student in Sydney who was accused of plotting to assassinate former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former deputy leader Julie Bishop in the name of ISIS was released on bail after a court heard the notes in a diary did not match his handwriting, The Australian reported.
University of New South Wales student Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested last month after officers from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigated allegations he had documents with plans to carry out a terrorist attack.
Police found a notebook which included an alleged list of targets, including former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, the Sydney Opera House, train stations and police stations, and investigators claimed the diary also contained graphic descriptions of the attacks.
In Central Local Court this morning, Nizamdeen was granted bail after an expert could not confirm the handwriting in the notebook matched the accused.
“The prosecution has become aware that an expert handwriting examiner found an inconclusive result on the relevant entries contained in the notebook,” the prosecutor said, according to the ABC’s Triple J Hack program.
“Without a conclusive expert opinion suggesting the defendant was the relevant author, evidence for the charge has been significantly weakened. The prosecution concedes these are exceptional circumstances.”
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller reportedly submitted a confidential affidavit in the case to verify there was no extremist material found on any items belonging to Nizamdeen.
Police raided Nizamdeen’s home on Defries Avenue at Zetland, in Sydney’s inner east, early in the morning on Friday, August 31, seizing a number of electronic items.
The JCTT is made up of members of the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Crime Commission.
Nizamdeen was arrested and later charged with knowingly make a document connected with terrorism.
His lawyer, Moustafa Kheir, said the case against his client was “substantially weak”.
The matter will return to court next month. (Colombo Gazette)