Australian Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash sentenced to jail in Turkey
Melbourne-born Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ jail in Turkey.
Prakash has been held in a maximum-security jail in Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, since he was captured in October, 2016 while trying to sneak across the border from Syria using fake identity papers.
The self-confessed Islamic State member, also known by the alias Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, was described by former attorney-general George Brandis as “the principal Australian reaching back from the Middle East into Australia”.
Senior counter-terrorism officials have said Prakash was a pivotal figure and had appeared in IS propaganda urging attacks in Australia.
He has been linked by the FBI to a failed plot to attack the Statue of Liberty in New York.
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