SL man arrested over terror offences in Sydney

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A Sri Lankan man employed by a Sydney university has been charged over a document that police allege contained plans for terrorism attacks, the Guardian reported today.

The 25-year-old was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at the University of NSW in Kensington Thursday afternoon, police said.

It followed a tip-off from a worker at the university, who police said found a notebook that allegedly contained the names of several locations and individuals as “potential targets”.

“They are symbolic locations within Sydney. We have psychologists and investigators looking at that document to try to interpret the intent and capability, but that is in essence the offence that is before the court,”acting Detective Superintendent Mick Sheehy said on Friday.

A number of electronic items were also seized during a raid at a unit at Zetland early Friday morning.

The man was charged with collecting or making a document which is connected with preparation for, the engagement of a person in, or assistance in a terrorist act.

He was refused bail to appear at Waverley local court on Friday.

“The charges laid against this person are serious and significant, and should not be underestimated,” said Australian Federal police Detective Superintendent Michael McTiernan.

The man, who is in Australia on a student visa that expires in September, has not been charged with being a member of a terrorist group.

He was employed as a contractor at the University of NSW and has allegedly travelled back to Sri Lanka and other areas.

The man was not known to police and does not have any criminal history in Australia, police said.

Authorities have insisted there was no concern for public safety.

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  • Expatriate Friday, 31 August 2018 10:24 AM

    Only if you live for long time in a white country you would come to realise how mentally unstable the whites are. At the best they are all suspicious and paranoid,at worst they are will commit any crime without any worry. The fact is they imagine others also have the same disturbed mind like them. This poor Sri Lankan guy or girl, must have analysed the security threat in Sydney and made some notes about it.

    MIgrant Friday, 31 August 2018 12:24 PM

    do not be stupid, the. people from the subcontinent are respected here in Aus. I am dark, yet I am not discriminated at all and have many white friends

    Lankan Friday, 31 August 2018 12:36 PM

    At least the Australian's impartial judicial system to determine whether this guy is innocent or not!

    Ranjan Friday, 31 August 2018 04:00 PM

    You Mlgrant and Lankan,don’t you remember Asian students being attacked at random in Australia few years ago. That went on out of control for months. People like you exist in every society. Read the history of non whites in Australia.

    Black Man Friday, 31 August 2018 04:09 PM

    here again another moron (Expatriate) from beautiful Sri Lanka. I am Sri Lankan born Australian living more than 20 years and White people never treat other people differently, all are equal under white management, there are some morons and stupids everywhere. the arrested person from Srilankan and he is Muslim boy. AFP and all intelligence in Australia not same as Sri Lankan Police!!. Mr. Expatriate ; if you can not leave from Srilanka and live in White country I feel sorry for you man.

    Banda Friday, 31 August 2018 04:13 PM

    Actually, what you say is the mentality exactly in Sri Lanka between the majority and minorities during the war and to certain degree, now too.

    Philip Friday, 31 August 2018 04:28 PM

    Rangan. I remember the reports in The Indian press. What they didn't report was that most of the attckers were Asian themselves.

    RP Friday, 31 August 2018 04:51 PM

    Expatriate, I believe you are living abroad, perhaps in Australia. The Europeans and their descendants are far more tolerant than other races out there, this includes our own Tamils and Sinhalese!Cheers.

    Aiyaiyyo Friday, 31 August 2018 05:04 PM

    I do hope it is indeed a misunderstanding. Seems to be from a good family and a good student too. Such a shame of religion took him down the wrong path

    perera Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:33 PM

    what planet are you on expatriate. i think it LA LA planet. get a life get a psychiatric re-assessment ASAP..

    Rohan Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:39 PM

    Perera,people like you are the reason why Sri Lanka would remain at the mercy of the West forever. The Expatriate told the truth as it is,but some fools don’t understand.

    Royce Friday, 31 August 2018 10:27 AM

    So Sri Lankans are gonna be on a Black list from now on in ausi

    Haramanis Friday, 31 August 2018 12:40 PM

    Probably a remnant of the LTTE who are now distributed in various guises around the world.

    Silly fellow Friday, 31 August 2018 01:42 PM

    You are clearly oblivious to the race dynamics of this country.

    Philip Friday, 31 August 2018 01:57 PM

    His name, age and photo are published on most Australian media sites. Sorry to disappoint but he doesn't appear to be LTTE.

    Akila Friday, 31 August 2018 03:30 PM

    most probably some one from the religion of peace

    Scooby Doo Friday, 31 August 2018 04:33 PM

    Terrorism has no religion Bro Akila.

    Chryshan k Friday, 31 August 2018 06:45 PM

    His name is Mohamed Nizamdeen, 25, and says it all

    Maru Friday, 31 August 2018 07:16 PM

    May be.. but sadly people like you are concentrated only in Sri Lanka. Hara mani Hara mani

    Mr B Friday, 31 August 2018 01:29 PM

    When their attempts fail in Sri Lanka, they go elsewhere and try it out. And still they fail and will continue to do so. Mental cleansing is what is needed for this individual.

    DH Friday, 31 August 2018 04:17 PM

    Your Sinhalese people commit terrorism against the minorities and kill them in Sri Lanka. Your people need mental cleansing. 1956,1958,19771983,...........2018.

    Ramakrishnan Friday, 31 August 2018 04:55 PM

    @DH! Please note that so many Sinhales risked their lives and properties to protect Tamils. There have been instances where sinhales lost their lives while trying to protect Tamils' lives.Grow up man.

    Sundarum Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:18 AM

    Ramakrishnan,When the Germans were gassing the Jews in thousands,there were also some Germans helped the Jews. But that does not absolved the crimes committed by the Germans. There is always an exception to everything but you can’t use that in an argument which is about the main events. Ramakrishnan,did you go to university ? I doubt.

    Ram Friday, 31 August 2018 03:11 PM

    Mohamed Nizamdeen, 25, was today charged with possessing a blueprint to target several "symbolic" Sydney locations, after officers from NSW's Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) arrested him at Kensington, in Sydney's south-east.

    reefcomber Friday, 31 August 2018 03:48 PM

    This "terrorist virus" is not something specific that applies to Sri Lankans only but it has infected all ethnic and/or national groups around the globe. It has ever been thus and unfortunately will ever be thus. It's inherent in our DNA - no matter what colour of skin! So just blame these individuals but not whole countries. Sri Lankans are just as good or bad as any other nationalities. Readers, please consider this when you comment on all sorts of other crimes commited in your country or by Sri Lankans abroad.

    Joseph Friday, 31 August 2018 06:22 PM

    Is he not minister faizer mustaphas nephew?

    GH Friday, 31 August 2018 07:14 PM

    Normally, when Asians visiting western countries they admire the wonderful scenery and many keep them as collection, so,will such an act be considered potential targets of terror-act? Absurd!

    SL Saturday, 01 September 2018 12:25 AM

    who is the minister related to this ISIS guys !

    Ex Police (SSP) Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:07 AM

    When ever some Sri Lankan expatriate living in the Western world comment in the Daily Mirror about the negative nature of the West, based on their experience then immediately there are scores of a angry counter comments.This does not make any sense. I am beginning to suspect these counter comments are an organised work by some from the Sri Lankan Christian community whose loyalty is not to Sri Lanka but to their white masters.

    Jaliya Saturday, 01 September 2018 11:07 AM

    Your right !! This doesn't make any sense ... especially to someone like you. That is why your trip stopped at the level of SSP not DIG or IGP appointing corrupt with brain dead can be a one big catastrophe to the entire nation.

    Jude Saturday, 01 September 2018 06:03 AM

    Let's not convict the guy hastily!!?? Give some time the truth will come to surface!!??

    Ceylonese Saturday, 01 September 2018 06:58 AM

    Expatriate. I have lived with my family for over 30 years in Sydney and find most Australians are very friendly people and easy to get along. The problem with some of our Sri Lankan's is that they are full of jealousy and hatred that they cannot live in their own country or in their country of adoption. Unlike some Middle Eastern community this is the first time that a Sri Lankan has been involved in alleged terrorist activity in Australia which sounds very serious indeed.

    Ghost Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:12 AM

    And these are the scum that Australia prefers to give visas to over genuine visitors/ students/ job seekers to that country. Serves them right!!!

    Jaliya Saturday, 01 September 2018 11:11 AM

    You mean ironing out the sri lankan imitation patriots, swindlers, con artists and the fake impersonators during the visa selection process ?

    nimalakanthan Saturday, 01 September 2018 10:09 PM

    Black man,,,, Australia is a shit country like all other white countries and other countries to live in,,,we love our mother country where we were born and enjoy fully the beauty of this country and warmth of its people and the music the culture the food ,,the beaches ,the wild life,,,,i can go on and on ,,this page wont be enough to tell the advantages this country has,,,this was called paradise by the white man himself,,,I will never migrate to any other country even during the war didnt try,,,as I am lucky to be born in this country and its my motherland,,,,I dont want to be like other sri lankans who have migrated and then be sad and miss Sri Lanka and everyday start thinking of the foolishness they have done and listen in the mornings to BBC to listen about sri lanka,,and I tell u very truthfully,,,I am a Jaffna Tamil,, I stand for my country Sri Lanka...

    Ravi Monday, 03 September 2018 09:12 AM

    Well said brother.. I lived in Australia for 18 years and moved back to Sri Lanka to send the kids to school here as I didnt want my kids to experience what I experienced in Aussie high school.. They called us curry muchas.. and I have experienced severe racial abuse on the road 3 times while walking in the road.. we live off retired at age of 34 from our investments in Australia and here..kids are happy as grandparents and all here.. nothing beats home..


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