The woman at the centre of a fake terror hit list allegedly created by cricket star Usman Khawaja’s older brother is a glamorous 21-year-old IT whiz.
Arsalan Khawaja, 39, is facing charges of perverting the course of justice and forgery after he allegedly wrote extremist threats against high-profile people including then-Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull.
Police allege Khawaja wrote the list to set up his University of New South Wales colleague Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, 25, in a ‘jealous dispute over a woman’.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that woman is Shakeela Shahid, 21, who studied with Mr Nizamdeen and worked with both men at the Sydney university’s IT office.
Shakeela Shahid, 21, is reportedly the woman at the centre of a ‘fake terror hit list’ allegedly created to frame her friend Kamer Nizamdeen, 25
Arsalan Khawaja (left), the brother of Australian cricket star Usman (right), was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and forgery by making a false document
Police allege Khawaja was motivated by jealousy of his colleague Mr Nizamdeen’s friendship with Ms Shadhid.
Mr Nizamdeen was initially arrested and charged over the alleged terror plot and spent four weeks in prison, including time in Goulburn’s Supermax, before the charges were dropped.
A month later, Khawaja was charged with attempting to pervert justice and forgery by making a false document, and is behind bars until at least next month.
At Ms Shahid’s family home in Sydney’s southwest, her mother told Daily Mail Australia the young woman struggled greatly since police alerted her to the alleged plot.
‘None of this is her fault. She’s been going through hell but we’re supporting her as a family,’ her mother said.
Police will allege that Khawaja, who was Mr Nizamdeen’s supervisor, believed there was romance brewing between Ms Shahid and Mr Nizamdeen
Friends described Ms Shahid (right) as bubbly, outgoing, and easy to talk to, but also very skilled and dedicated to her studies.
Police will allege that Khawaja, who was Mr Nizamdeen’s supervisor, believed there was romance brewing between Ms Shahid and Mr Nizamdeen.
The information systems student, who graduated in November, is of Pakistani heritage like Khawaja and enrolled at UNSW in 2015.
Friends described her as bubbly, outgoing, and easy to talk to, but also very skilled and dedicated to her studies.
During her four-year degree she undertook numerous extra-curricular career building projects including five months at accounting firm Deloitte.
Ms Shahid joined the UNSW Hero Program in 2016 where she oversaw a team recycling old laptops for use in Aboriginal communities and disadvantaged schools..
‘I got out of the program was a lot more than what I anticipated. It taught me interpersonal skills which I really enjoyed learning,’ she said in a testimonial.
During her four-year degree Ms Shahid (right) undertook numerous extra-curricular career building projects including five months at accounting firm Deloitte
Ms Shahid (pictured right with friends on the Harbour Bridge) was interviewed by police and has given a statement
Ms Shahid (left), who graduated in November, is of Pakistani heritage like Khawaja and enrolled at UNSW in 2015
She also spent a month in China in 2017 visiting tech giants like Alibaba, JD.com, Baidu, and Tencent, and last year and won best speaker at a boot camp for management consultant group Accenture.
Ms Shahid was interviewed by police and has given a statement.
At the time of Khawaja’s arrest, police said: ‘He has shown a willingness to deceive authorities in furtherance of his personal desires’.
‘His actions resulted in the arrest and subsequent detention of an innocent party.’
NSW Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing also said: ‘What we will be alleging is that [Mr Nizamdeen] was set up in a planned and calculated matter motivated in part by personal grievance’.
Kamer Nizamdeen was arrested, thrown in jail for four weeks, including Goulburn supermax, and charged with terrorist offences before being exonerated
Khawaja allegedly wrote plans for terrorist attacks on the Sydney Opera House and assassinations of then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Julie Bishop in a notebook.
He is then accused of planting it in the UNSW IT office and tipping off security, who then reported it to police in August.
All charges against Mr Nizamdeen were dropped and he was released from jail.
He has since returned to Sri Lanka for good, calling the Australian Federal Police investigation ‘immature, unprofessional, irresponsible, embarrassing, and biased’.
Khawaja was released on $50,000 bail put up by his father after his arrest and banned from going within 100m of the UNSW campus or speaking to any colleagues
His lawyer indicated he planned to sue police over his confinement, and a family member insisted he planned to carry through with it, and possibly sue UNSW.
Khawaja was released on $50,000 bail put up by his father after his arrest and banned from going within 100m of the UNSW campus or speaking to any colleagues.
However, he was put back behind bars last month for allegedly attempting to influence a witness to give false evidence. This was added to his charges.
He next faces Parramatta Local Court via video link on February 12.
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