Watch: Sri Lankan cleared of terror charges returns home, slams Australian police

Sri Lankan cleared of terror charges returns home, slams Australian police Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Colombo, Sri Lanka Nov 08, 2018, 06.00 PM (IST)

A 25-year-old Sri Lankan man who was cleared last month of terror charges in Australia has slammed police for what he said was "immature, unprofessional, irresponsible, embarrassing and biased" behaviour.

Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, who was on a student visa in Australia, landed back home in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to a relieved gathering of friends and family.

"This whole saga has clearly ruined my future and I have returned to Sri Lanka to carry on with my life," he told reporters at a news conference in the capital Colombo on Wednesday. He added that he'd been put in solitary confinement for six days, and had been unable to contact his family, except an uncle, for nearly a month.

Nizamdeen was arrested in Sydney in August and charged with preparing a terror offence, police said. On October 19, the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) released a statement saying charges had been withdrawn because of handwriting "irregularities".

The decision to initially charge Nizamdeen had been based on notebooks found at the University of NSW allegedly detailing plots to attack "a number of locations and individuals", police said at the time.

A staunch US ally, Australia has been on heightened alert from 2015 for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, and its intelligence agencies have stepped up scrutiny. Authorities say Australia's vigilance has helped to foil at least a dozen plots.

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Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, who was on a student visa in Australia, landed back home in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to a relieved gathering of friends and family.