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Friday, 31 August 2018 - 18:06
More details of Sri Lankan man arrested in Sydney for ISIS links revealed
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Australian media reported that the Sri Lankan student Mohamed Kamer Nilan Nizamdeen allegedly planned to attack a hit list of "symbolic" individuals and landmarks across Sydney in an ISIS-inspired lone-wolf terror attack that was foiled yesterday when a co-worker stumbled across the list and alerted police.
 
Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested by police in dramatic raids on his office high above the University of New South Wales on Thursday, after a colleague in the university’s IT business team found a notebook allegedly containing details of an "ISIS-affiliated" terrorist plot planned for the Harbour City in the next few months.
 
The IT business analyst was not previously known to police in Australia and has no criminal record.
 
It is understood that he has no family in Australia and lives with a roommate.
 
He had worked with NSW Police in 2016 to develop an app to help adapt to life in Australia in 2016, which was presented at Parliament House.
 
He was also selected as UNSW Hero of the Week last year, telling an interviewer that material things are unimportant to him.
 
"Success for me, being happy, doesn’t always have to be about money, it’s not about the high-ranking job. Success is if you’re comfortable with where you are," he said.
 
Nizamdeen’s colleagues who witness the police raids on the office on Thursday said they were still reeling following the discovery of the notebook, and the subsequent arrest.
 
"It’s very dramatic. We are all very shaken," said one colleague.
 
"It’s scary, thinking we were sitting next to someone plotting something horrible."
 
After the arrest, plain-clothed detectives also raided the Zetland apartment where he had lived for four years and seized computers and mobile phones from the unit.
 
Investigators from the multi-agency Joint Counter Terrorism Team say that the notebook found by a co-worker contained details of Sydney identities and landmarks that he was allegedly plotting to attack in the following months, NSW joint counter-terrorism team commander Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Sheehy said.
 
He has returned to his native Sri Lanka and has travelled to a number of other overseas destinations, which police on Friday refused to detail.
 
Nizamdeen briefly faced Waverley Local Court on Friday morning charged with one count of making a document connected with the preparation of a terrorist act.
 
He did not apply for bail, which was formally refused. He will next appear in Central Local Court on October 24.
 
Police say that Nizamdeen is on a student visa that expires in September, and was in the process of applying for a new one.
 
Instead, the AFP has applied for a Criminal Justice Stay visa for him to prosecute the charge.
 
"We will allege that this person was in possession of a document that was used in the preparation of air terrorism offence," said the Australian Federal Police’s Detective Superintendent Michael Mick Tiernan.
 
"The charge laid against this person is serious and significant and should not be underestimated."

Police are now working to investigate how Nizamdeen allegedly became radicalized.




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