Terror Charge: Uni Student On Working Visa Arrested

A university worker allegedly handed the student's notebook in to authorities, which detailed plans to target multiple "symbolic" Sydney locations.

A 25-year-old Sri Lankan national has been charged with terrorism-related offences as part of an investigation conducted by the NSW Joint Counter-Terrorism Team (JCTT).

Mohamed Nizamdeen, allegedly on a student visa, was arrested yesterday in Sydney's south-east.

It is believed authorities were alerted to the man, after a university employee handed Nizamdeen's notebook into police.

It will be alleged documents containing plans to facilitate terrorism attacks were found on the university grounds.

During the counter-terrorism search, a number of electronic items were seized for further examination.

The man was taken to Maroubra Police Station and 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 (s101.5 Criminal Code Act).

He appeared in Waverley Local Court today where he was refused bail and the matter was adjourned to October 24.

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Police said there is no evidence to suggest there is a current or impending terror threat linked to Nizamdeen.

“The community should feel safe knowing our law enforcement agencies are working together to investigate all individuals who come to our attention," Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Sheehy said.

Authorities say anyone with information should come forward, "no matter how small or insignificant you may think that information may be."

The National Security Hotline is 1800 123400.

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