Australian-Born ISIS Member Sentenced To Jail In Turkey

Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in a Turkish jail on terrorism charges.

Neil Christopher Prakash was found guilty of being a member of a terrorist organisation during a criminal trial in Kilis, a town on the Turkish/Syrian border.

He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years however with time already served and good behaviour, Prakash could be released in under three years.

Prakash, 27, has been a prisoner in Turkey since he was caught crossing the border from Syria two-and-a-half years ago.

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Not too long after Prakash converted to Islam in Melbourne, he traveled to Syria to join ISIS and adopted the name Abu Khaled Al Cambodi.

He encouraged other Australians to join him in the terrorist organisation through propaganda videos disseminated on social media.

"My beloved brothers in Islam in Australia, now is the time to rise, now is the time to wake up," he said in one video.

Prakash was stripped of his Australian citizenship late last year.

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The Australian government -- which cancelled his passport in 2014 -- had sought to extradite him from Turkey to face terrorism charges back home.

Prakash has been linked to at least two terror plots on Australian soil, including the Anzac Day plot to behead a Melbourne police officer.

After Prakash's Australian citizenship was revoked, authorities from the birth country of his father -- Fiji -- denied he had Fijian citizenship.

Due to Prakash apparently being 'stateless', Turkish trial judges reportedly expressed confusion about where he would go upon his release.

His lawyer Resat Davran said his client did not know what would happen when he finished serving his sentence, according to ABC News.

Islamic State has been listed as a terrorist organisation by Australia since May 2016.

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