Notorious Australian ISIS fighter Neil Prakash claims he was forced into become a terrorist recruiter by Islamists.
The Melbourne born man was involved in several foiled Australian terrorist plots before leaving to join ISIS in 2013.
Prakash told a Turkish court he had been naive about ISIS and was threatened to be killed if he left, according to Fairfax Media.
Notorious Australian ISIS fighter Neil Prakash (pictured) claims he was forced into become a terrorist recruiter by Islamists
The Melbourne born man (left) was involved in several foiled Australian terrorist plots before leaving to join ISIS in 2013
‘All I wanted was to go [to Syria and Iraq] for real Islam,’ he said.
‘When I went to join ISID [the Turkish acronym of IS], I was a new Muslim.
‘I did not have any knowledge of what Islam is. So I believed what they told me was Islam.
‘When I learned more about Islam, I wanted to leave.’
The failed rapper appeared in court via video-link from a maximum security prison in Gaziantep, Turkey, where he has been for a year after he was caught crossing a Turkish border.
It is believed Prakash has lied and presented false documents in previous court hearings near the Syrian border.
The terrorist told a Turkish court he was threatened to be killed by Islamists if he left group
Prakash has been linked to a number of conspiracies to slaughter Australians, including a foiled Anzac Day plot to behead a police officer in April 2015
The notorious terrorist is believed to have been a key conduit for foreign fighters travelling to ISIS territories.
Prakash has been linked to a number of conspiracies to slaughter Australians, including a foiled Anzac Day plot to behead a police officer in April 2015.
Australia formally requested Prakash’s extradition to face a number of terrorism charges last year, however the 26-year-old wants to be extradited to a Muslim country.
Prakash is a wanted man in the US, the UK, Israel, Turkey and Australia over his role with the bloodthirsty group.
An Australian Embassy official listened in court as an observer, according to the publication.
Prakash was remanded in prison under the public prosecutor’s strong suspicion he might escape and will remain behind bars until his next hearing on December 26.