Turkey to ex­tra­dite IS re­cruiter to Aus­tralia

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SYD­NEY: Turkey has agreed to a re­quest from the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment to ex­tra­dite a cit­i­zen it be­lieves to be a top re­cruiter for the Is­lamic State mil­i­tant group, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said yes­ter­day.

Mel­bourne-born Neil Prakash has been linked to sev­eral Aus­trali­abased at­tack plans and has ap­peared in IS videos and mag­a­zines.

A u stralia al­leges that Prakash ac­tively re­cruited Aus­tralian men, women and chil­dren. The gov­ern­ment an­nounced fi­nan­cial sanc­tions against him in 2015, in­clud­ing any­one giv­ing him fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, with pun­ish­ment of up to 10 years in jail.

“We’re look­ing for­ward — we should be get­ting him back within months, but it’s ob­vi­ously got to go through the Turk­ish pro­cesses but we do have an ex­tra­di­tion treaty,” Turn­bull told Aus­tralian TV net­work Seven.

“We are sat­is­fied that Neil Prakash, who has been one of the key fi­nanciers and or­gan­is­ers in ISIL or Daesh... will be brought back to Aus­tralia and he will face the courts,” Turn­bull said, re­fer­ring to the IS mil­i­tant group.

Aus­tralia raised its ter­ror threat level to “high” for the first time in 2015, cit­ing the like­li­hood of at­tacks by Aus­tralians rad­i­calised in Iraq or Syria.

The coun­try, a staunch ally of the US, be­lieves more than 100 cit­i­zens are fight­ing in the re­gion.

In its lat­est bud­get on Tues­day, the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would in­vest over A$300 mil­lion (RM960 mil­lion) in the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice to fight ter­ror­ism, pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional 100 in­tel­li­gence ex­perts, over 100 tac­ti­cal re­sponse and covert sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tors, and 100 foren­sic spe­cial­ists. Reuters

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