Australia: Sydney terrorist Ahmed Merhi has begged Australia to help him after he was sentenced to death by hanging in Iraq.
Merhi, 27, was convicted for being a member of Islamic State in the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad.
The former Granville Boys High School student, from Sydney’s west, traveled to Syria in 2014 or 2015.
Merhi claimed he traveled to the warn-torn country for aid work but Judge Suhail rejected the claims. The 27-year-old told News Corp he wanted to come home to Australia and argued he had been wrongly convicted. ‘I’d like to go back to Australia,’ he said.
Merhi said Iraq had no right to prosecute him as there was no justice and no evidence or witnesses. ‘I’m a good person,’ Merhi told News Corp.
He pleaded for Australia to intervene despite turning his back on the country.
Merhi was arrested by Kurdish soldiers in December 2017 when he was trying to escape to Turkey. He was given to American troops who took him across the boarder and passed him on to Iraqi authorities.
The Australian Government is not expected to take steps to assist Merhi, a high profile Australian Islamic State supporter.