Apology not accepted
AUSTRALIAN terrorist Neil Prakash’s apology in an overseas court has been dismissed by Victoria’s Police Minister as a “court strategy” that will not stop authorities seeking to extradite him.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said Prakash’s grovelling defence would not deter police.
“I don’t think we would take that very seriously,” Ms Neville said. “His involvement is significant enough that Australian authorities will continue to seek his extradition.”
Prakash this week told a Turkish court he was sorry for “all the trouble I have caused in the world” during his failed bid to be released from prison.
The Melbourneborn 26-year-old said he was a “new Muslim” who didn’t understand what he was being taught so was not fully responsible for his calls for attacks on Australia. “All I wanted to do was follow the religion ... I am regretful,” he said.
Prakash is facing charges in Turkey including accusations of crimes against humanity and trying to bring down the government. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison. The Turkish court this week ruled against parole and his case was adjourned until December 26.