Jurors in the trial of a woman accused of being a member of the Islamic State terror group have been urged to set aside their emotional reaction to the charge and focus on the evidence of the case.
The trial of Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif continued in the South Australian Supreme Court on Thursday, after the 23-year-old pleaded not guilty to membership of a terrorist organisation between 2016 and 2017.
Her lawyer, Bill Boucaut SC, told jurors they must overcome the emotional reaction terrorism invokes within the community.
"She is not to be thought less of by you because she is facing a charge involving emotional concept," Mr Boucaut told the court.
"(Terror is) something that we all deplore, something that we all, unfortunately, see every day of the week."
Mr Boucaut also emphasised that Abdirahman-Khalif should not be judged more harshly because of her "deep interest in the religion of Islam".
"This trial is not about religion, members of the jury, it's really about a terrorist organisation," he said.
The court previously heard Abdirahman-Khalif was stopped by police at Adelaide Airport after she tried to board a plane to Istanbul in July 2016.
Carrying only hand luggage and less than $200 in cash, she told officers she intended to work for an aid organisation and expected her living expenses and the cost of a flight home would be covered.
Abdirahman-Khalif was later released, but arrested at the Port Adelaide TAFE SA campus in May 2017, following a year-long investigation.
In evidence, a counter-terrorism police officer said 127 video files of "investigative relevance" were found on her phone, and the jury was played a compilation of violent scenes.
The court also heard she had been in communication with three young women and knew about their deadly terror attack on a police station in Kenya before it occurred.
In his closing, prosecutor Chris Winneke QC said Abdirahman-Khalif had "wholly embraced the concepts and aligned herself with the ideology of the Islamic State".
He said she had gone a step further by taking action to become a member of the group.
"She set off to go to Turkey, to engage with terrorists in the view of lending her support to Islamic State," he said
"In doing so, she became a member of Islamic State."
But Mr Boucaut said there was not enough evidence to support that theory.
"There's not the slightest hint of evidence to suggest she had contacts to get her across Turkey," he said.
"How was she going to get across the Syrian border?"
The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Monday.