Aussie accused of fighting with ISIS and appearing in several propaganda videos is hit with six terror charges after being deported from Turkey
- Accused ISIS fighter Neil Prakash flown under heavy police guard out of Darwin
- He is now under custody in Melbourne and will face terrorism charges there
- 31yo could face life for allegedly fighting alongside ISIS from 2014 to 2016
- Turkey deported Prakash, who was Australia’s most wanted terrorist suspect
Accused Australian jihadi Neil Prakash faces six terrorism charges and could spend the rest of his life in prison, if found guilty.
The 31-year-old was extradited from Darwin to Melbourne under heavy police guard on Sunday.
Prakash, once considered the country’s most wanted terrorist, will face a Melbourne court after being deported from Turkey last week.
Prakash had been presumed killed by a US airstrike in 2016 but was later discovered in Turkey where he was arrested
The charges include engaging in hostile activity in a foreign state, being a member of a terrorist organisation and advocating terrorism.
Engaging in hostile activity in a foreign state, and a separate charge of engaging in hostile activity in a foreign country, each hold a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Sandra Booth said the agency had been working ‘tirelessly’ to bring Prakash to justice.
‘The AFP and our partners are committed to keeping Australians safe,’ Asst Comm Booth said.
Neil Prakash (pictured centre) has been flown from Darwin to Melbourne to face terrorism charges
Prakash (pictured centre) is facing a raft of charges over his alleged involvement with the Islamic Jihadist group Isis from 2014 to 2016
Prakash, a Melbourne-born ex-rapper, is alleged to have joined and supported the Islamic State from 2014 to 2016.
He appeared in a Darwin court on Friday as part of the extradition arrangements to bring him to Melbourne.
There he appeared by video link and remained silent and did not respond to questions as he sat dressed in a white t-shirt.
Prakash was flown to the Northern Territory on a charter flight on Friday morning after being jailed in Turkey.
Two of the charges that are being brought against Prakash (pictured centre) carry potential life sentences
In 2016, he was wrongly thought to have been killed in a US military strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
However, later the same year Australian officials confirmed he was still alive and had been arrested in Turkey.
Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton revoked Prakash’s citizenship in 2018 over his alleged IS participation and on the grounds he was Fijian.