Australia’s most wanted ISIS terrorist is living in a two-level unit behind bars in a dorm-room style setting at a Turkish prison.
Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash was apprehended in 2016 when he crossed the Syrian border into Turkey after fighting in Syria and Iraq.
The 27-year-old is reportedly being held at Gaziantep H-Type Prison – a special jail with about 1,500 prisoners including terrorists – where he has been kept since his arrest almost two years ago.
Australia’s most wanted ISIS terrorist (pictured) is living in a two-level unit behind bars in a dorm-room style setting at a Turkish prison
Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash (pictured) was apprehended in 2016 when he crossed the Syrian border into Turkey after fighting in Syria and Iraq
Prakash has been in Gaziantep H-Type Prison (pictured) since his arrest about two years ago
The Australian terrorist is living in the unit block behind prison walls along with 20 men with free reign of the kitchen, living room complete with a television and exercise yard, an observer told Daily Telegraph.
‘They have television. They receive food by the prison and they can make breakfast, lunch and dinner,’ they said.
‘The guards do not have guns inside the prison.
‘There’s a market inside the jail house … it’s a normal, standard market where you can buy mince meat or juice.’
Despite the lenient luxury of the prison, Prakash reportedly has no money to even afford a bottle of water, no friends and only has the clothes on his back.
The Muslim convert became radicalised at a Melbourne bookshop and moved to Syria in 2013 after allegedly plotting foiled terrorist attacks in Sydney.
The 27-year-old is reportedly being held at the special jail which has about 1500 prisoners including terrorists
The Australian terrorist (left) is living in the unit block behind prison walls along with 20 men with free reign of the kitchen, living room complete with a television and exercise yard
After three years fighting with the caliphate, Prakash paid a people smuggler to take himself – along with two women and three children – across to Turkey but because of an Australian tip off, the ISIS recruiter was arrested in October 2016.
‘He is a coward trying to keep a low profile,’ an observer told News Corp.
‘He’s pretending he’s not ISIS.’
Efforts to have Prakash extradited to Australia to face charges of being a member of a terrorist organisation and ‘incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activity’ have been stalled.
Despite the lenient luxury of the prison, Prakash reportedly has no money to even afford a bottle of water, no friends and only has the clothes on his back
His case was adjourned for a third time when the Kilis Criminal Court delayed his next hearing until July 19, and with Turkish elections coming up further delays are expected.
Prakash is awaiting sentencing in Turkey on charges of being part of a terrorist organisation and Turkish authorities need to establish his whether he committed any crimes against Turkey while fighting with ISIS.
If he is convicted for his actions he will face a lengthy prison sentence in a Turkish prison which would delay any extradition to Australia even further.
Prakash is the most senior Australian member of ISIS to be captured alive after appearing in a number of Islamic State propaganda videos in which he encouraged other followers to launch deadly attacks.
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