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Turkish court jails Australian ex-rapper turned IS jihadist

AFP  |  Istanbul 

A on Friday jailed a former Australian who become his country's most wanted Islamic State suspect on charges of joining a "armed terrorist organisation", local DHA press agency reported.

Neil Prakash, born in Melbourne, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years by a court in Kilis in southeast Turkey, DHA said. He was caught in 2016 by Turkish forces as he tried to cross from

Authorities said he was a for Islamic State and had been linked to terror plots to kill Australians, including a failed plan to behead a

Reported to be of Indian, Fijian and Cambodian background, Prakash used the internet to promote the group and recruit Australians.

In his trial, Prakash said he received training from IS in their de-facto capital of Raqa in before moving north to the town of to fight

He said he regretted joining the group after seeing its "true face".

Known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, Prakash was reportedly on a list of high-value IS recruiters targeted by the US in drone attacks in

was a major route for foreign jihadists making their way to and to join Islamic militants. But later cracked down and stepped up arrests of foreign fighters.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 23:55 IST