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Women Accused Of Pledging Allegiance To IS Just 'Singing'

A lawyer for an Adelaide woman accused of swearing loyalty to Islamic State claims she was merely 'singing songs in her bedroom.' 

However, the Supreme Court wasn't convinced that these “exceptional circumstances” as argued by counsel for the the woman, who's identity has been suppressed, warranted her immediate release.   

“The offending alleged is at the lower end of the spectrum, she has not taken any steps toward politically-motivated violence and she has not attempted to abscond,” 
Defence barrister Craig Caldicott said. 

“With the greatest of respect to the Australian Federal Police, they have been monitoring her for some six or seven months without anything having occurred.

“There is nothing to this case other than a 22-year-old woman singing in her bedroom.”

The woman has been accused of being a member of IS, knowing it to be a terrorist organisation, between May 23 last year and May 23 this year.

The court heard the woman had been under surveillance since she attempted to fly to Turkey, on a one-way ticket, last July. 

Federal prosecutors allege she isolated herself from her family and community, and was being mentored by an all-female IS cell in Kenya. When these women were killed in an attack on a Mombasa police station, the accused allegedly swore allegiance to IS.  

Police will allege the woman had been recorded singing pro-IS propaganda songs in her bedroom. They also allege had she not been arrested she would have been in a war zone acting on behalf of the group.

Mr Caldicott claims there had been no evidence yet that supported these claims. 

Anthony Allen, for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, told the judge authorities feared if the woman was released she may copy the actions of her mentor and attempt to commit a violent act on Australian soil.

The judge rejected the woman's application and ordered she remain in custody. 

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