A jury has begun deliberating at the Sydney trial of a Kurdish-Australian man accused of travelling overseas to fight for a terrorist organisation.
Renas Lelikan, 40, has pleaded not guilty to engaging in hostile activities in a foreign state in the Turkey-Iraq border area in 2012, but has admitted being a member of an illegal terrorist organisation, the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK.
The crown case included photos of Lelikan wearing a PKK uniform, carrying weapons including grenades and AK-47 rifle, standing in front of a PKK flag, and accompanying other soldiers, as well as his emails, social media posts and other communications from 2012.
Lelikan told the jury he was reporting on the Kurdish guerillas and didn't take part in terrorist warfare.
His barrister Phillip Boulten SC said his client was there to "chronicle history", being a thinker, writer, journalist and social commentator who recorded events "for those like him who had ... an empathy for the Kurdish struggle".
But prosecutor Paul McGuire SC said Lelikan "was not an impartial war correspondent or journalist, he was very much involved in a personal way in this armed dispute".
The District Court jury retired on Wednesday morning.