Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Australian Islamic State jihadist Neil Prakash could be released from jail

Australian Islamic State jihadist Neil Prakash could be released from jail

Prakash has previously admitted being a member of Islamic State but said he had nothing to do with the group in Australia.

The court then ruled that Prakash would remain in custody to answer terrorism allegations in Turkey, News Corp Australia reported.

Prakash was arrested in Turkey in 2016 after crossing from Syria.

Ms Bishop said Australia was "disappointed" by the decision of the Kilis Criminal Court.

Overnight, a Turkish prosecutor argued for Prakash to be extradited back to Australia where he is facing terrorism offences.

Australia requested Turkish court for the extradition of Islamic States suspect Neil Prakash, in a difficulty for Canberra's endeavors to indict him at home.


When asked whether he was responsible for plots in Australia, Prakash told a court a year ago: "I had something to do with [it], but I was not 100% responsible".

Mehmet Alper Unver who is Prakash Lawyer said on Thursday Prakash could be liberated from Turkish authority if the court found out he was not under scrutiny for different violations.

Judge Ismail Deniz denied the prosecution's extradition request after saying its conditions had not been made available to the court, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Senior Australian counter-terrorism officials stated he played a pivotal role in encouraging several terror plots in Australia as well as lone-wolf attack plans against the United States which landed him on a USA "kill list". In May the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said he expected Prakash to be extradited imminently.

Neil Prakash is born in Melbourne, of Fijian and Cambodian descent.

A representative at Turkey's remote service in Istanbul had no prompt remark and the Turkish government office in Australia did not react quickly to a demand for input.

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