Aus­tralian ji­hadist on trial in Turkey

The Jakarta Post - - WORLD -

TURKEY: An Aus­tralian ji­hadist de­tained by Turkey last year on charges of join­ing Is­lamic State (IS) in Syria said at his trial Thurs­day he re­gret­ted his in­volve­ment with the or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter see­ing its “true face”.

Neil Prakash, who was de­tained one year ago in­side Turkey close to the Syr­ian bor­der, is jailed in the Gaziantep re­gion of south­ern Turkey.

How­ever, his trial, which got un­der way ear­lier this year, is be­ing held in the neigh­bour­ing Kilis re­gion with Prakash be­ing cross-ex­am­ined via video link.

In his tes­ti­mony, Prakash said he said re­ceived train­ing from IS in their de-facto cap­i­tal of Raqa in Syria be­fore mov­ing north to the town of Kobane to fight Kur­dish mili­tia.

He was wounded in the fight­ing and then re­quested to be moved to an­other area where he did not have to fight.

“I de­cided to es­cape af­ter see­ing the true face” of IS, he added. “I very much re­gret join­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

Prakash de­nied be­ing the Aus­tralian “rep­re­sen­ta­tive” of IS in Syria and asked to be re­leased and de­ported to a Mus­lim coun­try and not Aus­tralia. — AFP

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