'Lankan arrested in Sydney: Min.Musthapha baffled by false media accusations'

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Minister Faiszer Musthapha had been perplexed following the false media allegations of connection to a youth who was arrested in Sydney over a document that the Australian Police allege contained plans for terrorist attacks, Deputy Minister H. M. M. Harees said today.

Deputy Minister Harees said that he spoke to Minister Musthapha after several foreign reports highlighted the Minister’s relationship to the accused.

“The Minister was deeply shocked of the accusation as he was not a pro terrorist person,” Harees said.

“The accused was not directly related to the Minister but a relative of his wife. Faiszer is a character that strongly concern for the country more than the Muslims. I’m disappointed about these reports. Just because the student is accused of a crime, it doesn’t mean he is guilty. Just because a person is related to the Minister it doesn’t mean the Minister too is involved,” he said.

He said that the incident had tarnished the country’s image and could impact the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Deputy Minister urged that the Foreign Affair Ministry should interfere to the matter as the accused was a PhD student with a sound background and according to his family he was framed to the incident.

“I humbly request all local and foreign media to not to accuse the Minister based on false information. I can assure that Minister Musthapha is a gentlemen and a patriot,” Deputy Minister Harees added.   

25-year-old Kamar Nizamdeen, who was employed by a Sydney University has been charged over a document that Australian Police allege, contained plans for terrorist attacks. The 25-year-old was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at the University of NSW in Kensington on August 31.
However, Friends and family of the accused claimed that Nizamdeen was framed. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Sonali Tuesday, 04 September 2018 02:25 PM

    Well. Will just have to be patient and see the outcome of the investigation. So please, lets not have judges, soothsayers and the likes commenting. Everybody is innocent unless proven guilty.

    City Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:29 PM

    Well said Sonali, also it's matter concerned with the Aussie authorities.why should people over here should get panicked. I am sure Australia has a much better legal and investigating system than SL.we shall wait and see.

    Haramanis Tuesday, 04 September 2018 03:08 PM

    The Minister is now a "person of interest" and his past and travels and deals should all be investigated. For example has the Minister travelled to any middle east countries recently????

    Janaka from Matara Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:52 PM

    Is your initial G. ?

    Siyarata Tuesday, 04 September 2018 03:20 PM

    Now don't make him a Baba ukkung ! No smoke without fire. !

    Sumal Tuesday, 04 September 2018 03:43 PM

    Student may be innocent but your glorification of Faizer does not make sense.

    SL Tuesday, 04 September 2018 08:23 PM

    Faizer is the man who is directly denying the franchise right of Sri Lankans. Shame on him!

    mnsmart Tuesday, 04 September 2018 03:45 PM

    Even Murali was accused in Aussie land

    mike Tuesday, 04 September 2018 08:33 PM

    what a stupid comment totally unrelated . that was ACB this is CID -threat to national security

    Cynical Tuesday, 04 September 2018 03:49 PM

    Don't you just love how he has thrown his wife under the bus, and stated its one of HER relatives, and not his? If the man had won a Nobel Prize, I am sure he would have immediately been 'my favourite nephew' haha

    mnsmart Tuesday, 04 September 2018 05:01 PM

    so his wife is not related to him

    rambanda Tuesday, 04 September 2018 03:54 PM

    Education alone doesn't prevent terrorism.Highly educated terrorists have always existed. Let Australia's Counter-Terrorism Machinery to handle it. Their responsibility is to keep Australians safe. We are ticking time bombs.

    sam Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:02 PM

    Saudi Arabia and some ME countries are funding an ideology and this is the consequences. SriLanka Government need to prevent this funding mosques and promoting this ideology – the Salafist Wahhabist ideology. If not Good Muslims will be victimize.

    Amir Tuesday, 04 September 2018 08:37 PM

    Absolutely correct.

    rbh Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:20 AM

    United states are United kingdom saying to saudi arabia like such thought

    Sanath Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:06 PM

    Dear Haramanis. Millions of Sri Lankans are working and traveling to Middle East for many reasons including Business, Pilgrimmage etc., You are trying to stay all these to investigates too ? What a stupid racist comment

    Philip Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:11 PM

    Initial media reports mentioned nothing about family connections. It was only after the family went public with accusations of cover ups and pleas of innocence did the media become interested.

    Nishantha Tuesday, 04 September 2018 08:04 PM

    Both of them might have connections with ISIS. CID must investigate this one.

    mufeeth Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:12 AM

    If he, Kamar Nijamdeen is proven innocent, then this another case similar to what we had for Dr Mohamed Haneef from Hydrabath, India. He is a medical doctor came to work in Australia during PM John Howard time. He was arrested and locked up for several months. He was found innocent and released. It appears Australian government paid him compensation after his release for his detention.

    mufeeth Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:12 AM

    If he, Kamar Nijamdeen is proven innocent, then this another case similar to what we had for Dr Mohamed Haneef from Hydrabath, India. He is a medical doctor came to work in Australia during PM John Howard time. He was arrested and locked up for several months. He was found innocent and released. It appears Australian government paid him compensation after his release for his detention.

    rbh Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:25 AM

    Fire without smoke MIST/FOG also will look like smoke for those have negative mind set, Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people.


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