A South Australian woman accused of being a member of Islamic State has been ordered to stand trial in the Supreme Court after entering a not-guilty plea.
The 23-year-old student, whose identity has been suppressed, formally denied the charge of supporting the terrorist group in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
It is alleged she pledged her allegiance to Islamic State after communicating with extremists online who were involved in terrorist attacks in Kenya.
The court heard she was arrested by Australian Federal Police at the airport in May last year trying to fly to Turkey on a one-way ticket.
The prosecution alleges the woman had been repeating oaths and singing songs connected to IS in her bedroom.
Her lawyer Craig Caldicott unsuccessfully tried to argue that the charge against his client should be dropped.
“We don’t dispute that there may have been a prurient interest in IS,” he said.
“That itself is not an offence, you actually have to be a member.
“I have an interest in the Adelaide Crows, but I’m not a member of the Adelaide Crows.”
Outside court, Mr Caldicott said the law was against his client.
“She’s not guilty because to sing a song in your bedroom last time I checked wasn’t an offence,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean you are guilty of anything, it just means that you’ve got an interest.”
Magistrate Jayanthi McGrath ruled that there was a case to answer and ordered the woman to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
A large group of the woman’s supporters attended the court hearing.
It is expected the trial will be heard in the middle of next year.
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