Terror charges against Nizamdeen dropped

Terror charges against Nizamdeen dropped

Australian Police are dropping terrorism charges against a Sri Lankan University student who was accused of plotting to assassinate Australian politicians.

Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen aged 25, was arrested in August and accused of writing in a notebook about plans to kill former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his former deputy Julie Bishop.

He was released on bail last month after prosecutors conceded a handwriting expert could not prove he had written the notes in the notebook.

ABC News Agency reported police are dropping the charge of collecting or making documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts. Speaking outside court, Nizamdeen’s lawyer Moustafa Kheir said the process had taken a toll on the student, who spent a month in a maximum-security prison after being charged.

Kheir said “He’s gone through super max jail — unforgivable circumstances.”

His arrest and time in jail sparked protests in Colombo, with hundreds of people gathering in support.

Kheir said Nizamdeen would be suing the police for compensation.

He said “We are seeking justice through every avenue we can. We are seeking justice in the NSW Supreme Court.”