Friends and family of 25-year-old Kamar Nizamdeen, who was arrested by the New South Wales Police on Thursday for alleged ‘terrorism’ charges, claimed that Nizamdeen was framed.
"He was an open minded Muslim who has been framed by someone with immense jealousy in heart. Jealousy on his accolades, his position and the type of character he has developed,” his 19-year-old brother said in a posting that is being circulated on Social Media.
Another friend, Shehan Bhavan posting on Facebook questioned as to the credibility of the evidence against him.
"Why would an IT savvy person like him have a notebook full of places in Sydney? he is being framed for his name," he said.
Another friend posted "Absolutely unbelievable that this is happening to the Kamer we know and love" before adding sympathy toward the family.
Nizamdeen, a Phd student at the University of New South Wales and an alumnus of the St.Thomas College, Preparatory School, Kollupitiya and Asian International School (AIS), was arrested by the New South Wales Police after it had received a tip-off from a colleague regarding a notebook containing ‘symbolic places’ on Thursday.
A former teacher of Kamer, Tania Bartlett told the Daily Mirror that it was " unthinkable" that he would be aligned to such ideology or activity he is suspected of.
" Kamer as I know him could never be capable of such depravity. He is a clever, kind and sensitive and is a fun-loving, food loving boy just as most boys his age and so this is simply unthinkable by me and other teachers, students who know him, have stayed in touch with him. We all pray that the investigation will be thorough and that he will be cleared of all this" she said.
He was not granted bail with the next hearing set for October 23rd. It is unclear as if he were granted legal representation during the hearing. Media reports said that Nizamdeen had not sought bail.
The brother of Nizamdeen, explaining the statements of the Police reported in the media, said that there was an attempt to mystify the public with vague statements.
"When the media tells you that he travelled to Sri Lanka and ‘other areas’ please understand that ‘other areas’ are not Syria or any war torn region in the Middle East. It is simply the United States of America where he travelled to visit family. When they tell you that they raided his apartment and found ‘Electronic Gadgets’ please note that they are referring to a Phone, Laptop and an Xbox,” he said.
In a final plea to the suspected ‘framer’, Junior Nizamdeen urged that they come forward and ‘tell the truth’.
"To he who has done this and framed my brother I sincerely cannot speak for my parents but I can forgive you. I hope you look deeply into your heart and feel guilt in your horrendous crime. I hope you can find God and that you can have sincere repentance and come out and tell the truth," he said.
The NSW Police earlier allegedly found documents 'containing plans to facilitate terrorism attacks' and a notebook that named a number of locations and individuals as 'potential targets'.
'From the documentation, we believe he would affiliate with ISIS,' Detective Superintendent Mick Sheehy told the media hours after the arrest.
Australian Federal Police detective superintendent Michael McTiernan said the charges laid against Nizamdeen were 'serious and significant'.
“At this stage there is a number of locations and individuals named in that document who are potential targets,” he told reporters on Friday.
However, Bhavan insisted that something remained amiss in the entire saga.
"I know he never believed in any of the crap he is being accused for simply finding a notebook of places," he said going on to state "our best guess is he uncovered something while working with the Government and now he is being framed for it".
The brother of Nizamdeen also extolled the same sentiments.
"He has been falsely accused and as justification of having no conclusive evidence, their motive is to prolong his stay under custody to simply save themselves," the post being circulated on social media said. (Hafeel Farisz)
Scooby Doo Monday, 3 September 2018 12:05
He was labeled as a terrorist just because he is a Muslim. Wake up fools he could have kept everything in mobile if he is really a terrorist no need a notebook. Don't try to destroy the life of a smart kid.
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Jude Monday, 3 September 2018 12:14
Eagerly awaits for what's going to unfold!???
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Sanjeewa Monday, 3 September 2018 12:18
Academic jealousy cannot be ruled out in this case. I am aware of an incident in Colombo university way back in the 50's when a bright special degree student in Zoology, heading to top the batch was incriminated by a fellow student of having seen a few words, written on a notebook of the the victim, which appeared in the French paper. He was denied the degree. Legal action proceeded to the highest court in Sri Lanka and finally the university appealed to the Privy Council. The victim of course could not afford cost of legal action in UK and lost the case. More than a decade later a new administration granted him a pass degree despite the first class honours level achieved at exam.
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Romesh Perera Monday, 3 September 2018 12:19
I'm just concerned that in this supposed plea the brother apparently has made, a crucial part from the Australian Police investigation has been left out. "Other areas" also mentioned a trip he has taken to Tunisia, a known hotspot. Why was that mentioned by police and left out by the brother?
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Arnold Monday, 3 September 2018 15:21
Tunisia is a tourism hotspot. Tunisia got 5.7 million tourists last year compared to the 2 millions we got.
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Cynical Monday, 3 September 2018 15:27
He will be held in contempt of court soon enough for posting things to all and sundry, when there is an investigation going on. They are very serious about their work and will not be intimidated by a fb post.
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Arnold Monday, 3 September 2018 12:20
Typical Australian racism.
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yahiya Monday, 3 September 2018 12:41
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Wise Donkey Monday, 3 September 2018 13:30
If the the current story is right, it is almost, we no confidence in the Australian judiciary system.
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Nimal Monday, 3 September 2018 17:29
How about confidence in the Sri Lankan judicial system?
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Philip Monday, 3 September 2018 14:51
If this had happened in Sri Lanka this guy's house would be burned to the ground and his family would be running for their lives.
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Aafat Monday, 3 September 2018 15:07
@Romesh Perera - Tunisia is *not* a "known hotspot".Just wondering where you got that from.And 'a known hotspot' for *what*?Far as I know, it's *definitely* a *hotspot* for TOURISM.Let's get it real my friend.Cheers
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DPerera Monday, 3 September 2018 15:09
If he hasn't done anything wrong he will not be sent to jail in Australia for sure. Telling that he was an innocent guy in the past doesn't hold water as many young people who have carried our big terrorist attacks in many countries have been smart and fun loving kids before their attacks.
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Jayantha Monday, 3 September 2018 15:15
The AFP is usually very thorough in what they do. Let’s hope the young man is clearedafter their investigations are over . Speculating beforehand is quite meaningless, and normally, all are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise.
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Seriously Monday, 3 September 2018 15:22
The man is an IT Professional. He is obviously going to hide something on pen and paper. Anyone in IT knows laptops, phones and other electronic devices can be hacked. The Aussie cops know what they are doing
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Tim Monday, 3 September 2018 15:26
By the look of it and anyone knows the background of Kamar, will know it's a cooked up story.And this is very similar to the movie ' MY NAME IS KHAN".He is taken in on a tip off jest because his name was Kamar Nizamdeen.
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Rohan Monday, 3 September 2018 15:36
Few years back Australian Australian police arrested an Indian doctor for that famous SIM card use for terrorism charge. Finally truth came out that he is innocent. Police and the media are jump to conclusions very quickly.
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Coconut Republic Monday, 3 September 2018 15:43
Dear all, the so called case will be followed with all pro's and cons, and let it go thru the process, but sad though for a young talented individuals. The case is in Australia and not in SL. Fingers crossed. He will come out clean if he is innocent. Currently it is just a perception!
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jaykay Monday, 3 September 2018 17:37
They are like iceberg you will NOR know how large is the network under. No one will advertise that he/she engaged in terror activity.
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jaypee Tuesday, 4 September 2018 08:39
Do not worry, this happened in Australia not in this part of the world. Justice will therefore prevail.
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