Australian IS recruiter arrested in Turkey
Australia has a strong case to have the country’s most wanted terrorist, Neil Prakash, prosecuted under Australian law, a counter-terrorism expert says.
The former Melbourne man is reportedly alive and under arrest by Turkish authorities despite reports he was killed six months ago in northern Iraq.
Prakash, who is linked to several failed Australian terror plots to kill innocent citizens, was only injured, not killed in Mosul on April 29, as previously announced, The New York Times reports.
Prakash was also connected to a failed Melbourne plot to behead a police officer on Anzac Day last year and Numan Haider, an 18-year-old who was killed after stabbing two police officers in Melbourne in 2014.
Jacinta Carroll, director of the Counter Terrorism Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, says the reported arrest is a very significant win for counter-terrorism authorities.
‘It is highly likely that Australia and Turkey will be able to work through an appropriate outcome to ensure Prakash faces justice in Australia,’ she told Sky News.
‘He was arrested under Turkish law because he sought to cross the Turkish border using false documents, so there will be some legal issues to work through there,’ she said.
Ms Carroll believes Prakash’s use of false documents suggests he wasn’t seeking to turn himself in to authorities.
Most importantly, authorities would be trying to find out other Australians he was involved with at home to facilitate attacks and recruit to the Middle East.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in May named Prakash the most senior Australian operative in IS.
Labor MP Matt Keogh told Sky News ‘if the only place that he can receive proper punishment is in Australia then there is an obligation on the government to extradite him to make sure he receives that trial, those charges and is punished accordingly.’
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