Turkey judge rejects extradition of Australian Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash

One of the country’s most wanted terrorists could be released from jail in Turkey after Australia’s request to extradite him was rejected.

Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash is being held in a jail in Gaziantep after being caught trying to cross the border from Syria using false documents in 2016.

Overnight, a Turkish prosecutor argued for Prakash to be extradited back to Australia where he is facing terrorism offences.


However, the Kilis Criminal Court Judge denied the extradition request.

The decision means Prakash could be released from custody if Turkey doesn’t decide to prosecute him for other crimes.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said in a statement on Friday morning that Australia was “disappointed” by the court’s decision.