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Accused Australian terrorist faces life behind bars

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Accused Australian terrorist Neil Prakash faces six terrorism charges and could spend the rest of his life in prison, if found guilty.

Prakash will face a Melbourne court after being deported from Turkey last week.

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The charges include engaging in hostile activity in a foreign state, being a member of a terrorist organisation and advocating terrorism.

Engaging in hostile activity in a foreign state, and a separate charge of engaging in hostile activity in a foreign country, each hold a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Prakash appeared in a Darwin court on Friday as part of the extradition arrangements to bring him to Melbourne. Credit: AAP

Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Sandra Booth said the agency had been working “tirelessly”.

“The AFP and our partners are committed to keeping Australians safe,” Booth said.

Prakash, a Melbourne-born ex-rapper, is alleged to have joined and supported the Islamic State from 2014 to 2016.

He appeared in a Darwin court on Friday as part of the extradition arrangements to bring him to Melbourne.

Neil Prakash was detained in Turkey after being caught fighting for ISIS in Syria. Credit: AAP

There he appeared by video link and remained silent and did not respond to questions as he sat dressed in a white t-shirt.

Prakash was flown to the Northern Territory on a charter flight on Friday morning after being jailed in Turkey.

In 2016, he was wrongly thought to have been killed in a US military strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

However, later the same year Australian officials confirmed he was still alive and had been arrested in Turkey.

Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton revoked Prakash’s citizenship in 2018 over his alleged IS participation and on the grounds he was Fijian.

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Source: 7News