Ter­ror sus­pect won’t be al­lowed into Fiji

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CAN­BERRA: Ac­cused ter­ror­ist Neil Prakash, who was born in Aus­tralia to a Fi­jian fa­ther and a Cam­bo­dian mother, will not be al­lowed into

Fiji since he “does not qual­ify”, the South Pa­cific coun­try’s prime min­is­ter said.

The 27-year-old, be­ing held in a Turk­ish pri­son and fac­ing ter­ror­ism charges, was stripped of his Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship last week, some­thing that can only hap­pen to dual cit­i­zens.

In re­sponse to re­ports claim­ing that Prakash may be head­ing to

Fiji af­ter his re­lease, Prime Min­is­ter Frank Bain­i­marama said that he “can­not come here be­cause he does not qual­ify”.

“At any rate, he is a ter­ror­ist. We don’t ac­com­mo­date them,” Bain­i­marama said.

Aus­tralian Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton said last week that he un­der­stood Prakash had dual cit­i­zen­ship with Fiji be­cause his fa­ther was born there.

The di­rec­tor of Fiji’s Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, how­ever, said that Prakash had never vis­ited Fiji, and never sought nor held Fi­jian cit­i­zen­ship. |

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