Usman Khawaja's brother released from the jail after two years

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was sentenced a jail term for forging terror threats against the Australian Prime Minister in 2018.

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Arsalan Tariq Khawaja, the brother of famous Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja, has walked free from jail after four years. He was sentenced to a jail term after admitting to forging terror threats in another man's notebook. 

Arsalan, 42, admitted that he forged fake entries in his colleague Kamer Nizamdeen's notebook in August 2018 after getting jealous of his contact with mutual female friend Shakeela Shahid. In those fake entries, he added death threats to the former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Governor-General. Arsalan also added the list of police stations that he planned to attack. He also listed the Anzac Day ceremony, the Boxing Day Test match, and St Mary's Cathedral landmark.

His colleague was first charged with terror offenses and even spent four weeks inside the infamous Goulburn Supermax Prison where Australia's most dangerous criminals are held. The case against his colleague was dropped after Arsalan pleaded guilty to obstructing the court of justice.

Upon pleading guilty, he was sentenced to a jail term with a non-parole period of two-and-a-half years. During his imprisonment, Arsalan also admitted that he phoned authorities about another innocent man's involvement in fake visas and terrorism accusations. In that call, he told authorities that his brother Usman was a possible target of that man.

Arsalan Khawaja is suffering from borderline personality disorder

It has been reported by The Daily Telegraph that Arsalan is suffering from a borderline personality disorder, which affects instability in mood, behavior, and functioning. Arsalan was subjected for parole in June 2021 but the former attorney-general Michaelia Cash rejected two bids for his early release. 

Arsalan then took legal action against Ms Cash by saying that she had not taken his mental condition into account. Justice Tom Thawley agreed with Khawaja's defense lawyers and asked Ms Cash to approve his parole. Upon his release on parole, he is living back in Western Sydney and his mental health is improving out of prison.