Australian jihadist on trial in Turkey
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