Adelaide woman accused of being Islamic State terrorist found guilty

September 17, 2018

A Supreme Court jury had been warned they would be exposed to gruesome and graphic evidence during the trial of 23 year old Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif (pictured), who had pleaded not guilty to knowingly being a member of the Islamic State (IS) group between July 2016 and May 2017.

Conservative Party policy is for dual citizens, like African-born Abdirahman-Khalif, found guilty of terrorist offences to be deported at the earliest opportunity.

The ABC reports, following a three-week trial, it took the jury of five women and seven men about three hours to reach a unanimous verdict.

The Crown prosecutor told the jury that in 2016, without her family's knowledge and using her savings, she bought a one-way ticket [from Adelaide] to Istanbul in Turkey for departure the following day.

On July 14, 2016, without telling her mother and brothers that she was leaving the country, with only hand luggage and very little money, she set out for the airport where she was detained and prevented from getting onto the flight.

It was alleged that Ms Abdirahman-Khalif was in communication with three young African women who carried out a bombing in Mombasa, Kenya, in September 2016, for which IS later claimed responsibility.

The court heard 378 audio files associated with IS were found on her phone, along with 125 videos from an IS media organisation, 62 of which contained extremist material including the vision of buildings being blown up, captives being executed and dead bodies on the ground.

The court heard she had been repeating oaths and singing songs connected to Islamic State in her bedroom.

Ms Abdirahman-Khalif lived in refugee camps in Kenya until she was 13 years old and moved to Australia with her family, who are of Somalian origin, in 2009.

She studied at the Islamic College of South Australia until 2011 and completed Year 12 at Roma Mitchell Secondary College.

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