31 Jan 2019

Aust sought no advice over citizenship of terrorist alleged to be Fijian

3:48 pm on 31 January 2019

Australia's Home Affairs Department has admitted it didn't seek any advice before revoking the citizenship of an Australian ISIS recruiter it claims is also Fijian.

The Fiji government has maintained that 27-year-old Neil Prakash, who is jailed in Turkey, never held or sought Fijian citizenship.

Neil Prakash appeared in IS propaganda videos.

Neil Prakash appeared in IS propaganda videos. Photo: YouTube

If true, it would mean Australia broke international laws by rendering Mr Prakash stateless.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said earlier this month that legal advice showed Mr Prakash was a Fijian citizen.

But Australian media report Home Affairs Department official Linda Geddes saying no legal or expert advice was sought.

Ms Geddes told a committee hearing on Wednesday that no attempt was made to verify Mr Prakash's citizenship with Fiji.