Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Turkish court rejects Australia's request to extradite ISIS recruiter

Turkish court rejects Australia's request to extradite ISIS recruiter

One of our most wanted terrorists is set to be freed after a Turkish court rejected Australia's extradition request.

The court in the town of Kilis, near the Syrian border, said Prakash must stay behind bars for now to answer local terrorism charges, News Corp reported.

Mr Dutton said the best possible outcome for any terrorist was to be "targeted and killed" on the battlefield, but Australia had an interest in extraditing Prakash.

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The former rapper from Melbourne had featured in IS videos, has been linked to several attack plans in Australia and has urged lone wolf attacks against the United States. In fact, back when George Brandis was the attorney-general, he called Neil Prakash the principal Australian reaching back from the Middle East into Australia.

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

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However, the Kilis Criminal Court Judge denied the extradition request.

The judge did not give further reasoning, the report said.

Australian government was shocked when they come to know that Turkish court will not extradite Prakash.

Prakash is expected to reappear in court on September 27.

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

However, Mr Turnbull added that the Turkish government was "equally determined to deal with him".

A spokesman at Turkey's foreign ministry in Istanbul had no immediate comment and the Turkish embassy in Australia did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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