Apol­ogy not ac­cepted

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

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.

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