Australia Asks Turkey To Extradite Top ISIS Terror Suspect

Australia Asks Turkey To Extradite Top ISIS Terror Suspect
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Australia is seeking the extradition of  an  Australian citizen believed to be a top recruiter for ISIS has been arrested by the Turkish authorities.

 “An individual we believe to be Neil Prakash has been arrested and detained in Turkey,” a government spokesperson said in a statement. “Prakash is subject to a formal extradition request from Australia.”

A man believed to be Neil Prakash, who was linked to several Australia-based attack plans, has been detained in Turkey and was being interrogated by the Turkish authorities, a government spokesman said in an e-mailed statement.

“The arrest of the person we believe is Prakash is the result of close collaboration between Australian and the Turkish authorities,” the spokesman said.

Melbourne-born Prakash appeared in Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) videos and magazines and actively recruited Australian men, women and children, and encouraged acts of terrorism, the Australian government said in May.

Prakash, who is in his early twenties, left Australia in 2013. He has been linked to a failed Melbourne plot to behead a police officer in April last year, as well as to an 18-year-old who was killed after stabbing two police officers in Melbourne in 2014.

The spokesman said Australia was working closely with the Turkish authorities and Prakash would be subject to a formal extradition request.

 

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