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Woman who was caught at airport with a one way ticket to Turkey faces court over ISIS accusations 

An Adelaide woman accused of being a member of the Islamic State terrorism group had bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul and intended to live in IS-held territory, a jury has heard.

Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif, 23, appeared in the South Australian Supreme Court on Monday after earlier pleading not guilty to membership of a terrorist organisation.

In opening the trial, Commonwealth prosecutor Chris Winneke QC said Abdirahman-Khalif was detained at Adelaide Airport carrying only hand luggage and less than $200.

Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif (pictured), 23, appeared in the South Australian Supreme Court on Monday

‘The Crown case is that the defendant, in leaving Australia and going to Turkey, was ultimately going to make contact with Islamic State,’ he said.

‘(She was going to) commence to live in territory held by Islamic State as a member of that society and as a follower of the leader of that organisation.’

Mr Winneke said evidence in the case against Abdirahman-Khalif would be circumstantial.

‘There’s no such thing as a membership ticket,’ he said.

Justice David Peek warned the jurors the evidence found on the defendant’s mobile phone would be graphic and gruesome, ABC reported. 

‘Wounded persons and dead bodies are seen in various states and positions, most are obviously adult males, but some may be women and children,’ Justice Peek said. 

Justice David Peek warned the jurors the evidence found on the defendant's mobile phone would be graphic and gruesome

Justice David Peek warned the jurors the evidence found on the defendant’s mobile phone would be graphic and gruesome

‘That material that is to be shown is both graphic and gruesome, and you will see things like blood, brain fragments, severed heads placed on bodies,’ Justice Peek said. 

The court heard Abdirahman-Khalif was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp, before moving to Australia with her mother and brothers when she was thirteen.

The trial, before Justice David Peek, is expected to last at least four weeks.

Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif is accused of being a member of the Islamic State terrorism group had bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul and intended to live in IS-held territory

Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif is accused of being a member of the Islamic State terrorism group had bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul and intended to live in IS-held territory

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