ISIS kingpin who supported attacks in Sydney and Melbourne is set to RETURN IN AUSTRALIA for a court appearance and a possible life sentence
- Neil Prakash, 31, was in prison in Turkey for six years over role with Islamic State
- Born in Melbourne, he will now return to Victoria to face a trial over IS-linked links
- Prakash may now spend the rest of his life in prison, although a date has not been set.
Melbourne-born ISIS kingpin Will Return to Australia To Face Life in Prison on Terrorism Charges
Neil Prakash, 31, was in prison in Turkey for six years for his role with ISIS and has been held in an immigration detention centre since his release in February.
However, after the High Court blocked the last government’s citizenship-stripping laws, Australia have been locked in negotiations with Turkey over Prakash’s future.
Now, he will be returning to Australia to face the Supreme Court of Victoria.
He has yet to be returned, though he is still being questioned about the fate of ISIS brides returning home and their families.
Neil Prakash, 31, was in prison in Turkey for six years for his role with ISIS and has been held in an immigration detention centre since his release in February
Prakash appeared on several propaganda videos for ISIS, and took up arms to terror group in Syria.
Prakash appeared in several propaganda videos for ISIS – encouraging attacks on Melbourne and Sydney – and took up arms for the terror group in Syria.
In Turkey, he pleaded not guilty to being a member of a terrorist organisation in but was convicted after a lengthy trial in Kilis, and sentenced to seven and a half years jail.
During his trial, however, he admitted to joining Islamic State but denied being the leader of the group.
He He also expressed regret for his association to the group.
The former rap singer was also linked to a failed Melbourne plot to behead a police officer and had connections to a number of Australian jihadis.
He He was stripped of his Australian citizenship, and his passport was cancelled on December 21, 2018.
In June, however, the High Court ruled the government’s power to detach citizenship was invalid. Prakash can now have his citizenship restored according to The Australian.
In Turkey, he pleaded not guilty to being a member of a terrorist organisation in but was convicted after a lengthy trial in Kilis, and sentenced to seven and a half years jail
Prakash, a Fijian and Cambodian descendant, was born in Melbourne. He Was raised as a Buddhist
A former rap artist was also connected to a Melbourne plot against a police officer to beheaded him. She also had connections with a number of Australian terrorists.
Prakash was an active recruiter of ISIS and a propagandist, as well facilitating foreign fighters who wanted to join the terrorist group.
He had connections to several Australian jihadis, including Numan Haider, 18, who was shot dead after attacking two police officers at Endeavour Hills in Melbourne in September 2014.
Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, now the Opposition Leader, previously said about Prakash: ‘People should recognise, if given the opportunity, Mr Prakash would harm and kill Australians.’
In 2016, then-attorney-general George Brandis described Prakash as ‘the highest value target from an Australian point of view in the Middle East’.
NEIL PRAKASH – FROM MELBOURNE ISIS BUDDHIST TO MELBOURNE ISIS FIGHTER, RECRUITER
Prakash (pictured) was taken into custody in 2016, after crossing the Syrian border to Turkey following fighting in Syria.
Neil Prakash, a Melbourne native of Fijian descent and Cambodian descent, was born. He Was raised as a Buddhist
He Converts to Islam, attends controversial al-Furqan Islamic Centre Melbourne
Prakash travels to Syria with the Islamic State. He adopts the jihadi name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, and appears in IS propaganda videos. Australia recruits would-be terrorists
His Australian passport has been cancelled
Interpol issues a warrant to the Australian federal police for his arrest
Prakash is connected to a failed Melbourne plot that saw a police officer beheaded on Anzac Day 2015.
Prakash publicly praises Numan Haider, an 18-year old who was killed in a stabbing incident outside a Melbourne police station.
Incorrectly, the US announces that Prakash was killed in a drone attack
Turkish authorities capture Prakash as he tries to cross Syria with false documents. He is then imprisoned for terrorism-related charges
Australia’s request to extradite him is denied by the Turkish court. A judge then orders his release. He is quickly back behind bars and faces local terror charges.
Prakash claims that the Islamic State forced Prakash to participate in propaganda videos, recruit members, and that he did so because he was Australian
Prakash says he is sorry for his involvement with Islamic State. “I regret joining the Islamic State and the time that I spent with them. He confessed that he felt repentant.
He He was stripped of his Australian citizenship
Prakash is sentenced for seven-and-a half years in a Turkish prison
Prakash has been released from jail, but is currently being held at an immigration detention center