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Controls thrust on SA terror acquitted

By AAP Newswire

An Adelaide woman acquitted of terror offences will be forced to comply with a series of controls, after the Federal Court found she has an "obsession with violence".

Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif, 24, was found guilty of being a member of the Islamic State terror group following a jury trial last year.

But the verdict was set aside and she was acquitted in a Court of Criminal Appeal majority decision last month.

Justice Natalie Charlesworth on Friday imposed 20 of the 21 control orders sought by Commonwealth prosecutors, allowing authorities to monitor her movements and behaviour.

The orders were made on an interim basis until a full hearing is held next year to determine whether they will remain.

In delivering her ruling, Justice Charlesworth said Ms Abdirahman-Khalif was naive and had poor psychological resilience, making her susceptible to the influence of extremists.

"She has, I think I can conclude, an obsession with violence," she said.

"IS women are subservient, but that makes them no less dangerous."

Among the controls in place are to report to police once a week, not leave Australia, live in an approved premises and comply with a 10pm-6am curfew.

Earlier this week, prosecutor Andrew Berger said Ms Abdirahman-Khalif had gained notoriety after her acquittal and could be contacted by other extremists.

He said an example of that was the letters she exchanged behind bars with the sons of Rodney Clavell, who was found dead after a stand-off with police at an Adelaide brothel in 2014.

Mr Berger said Nathan Clavell wrote to her in August asking whether she would be interested in marrying Daniel Clavell.

"In the letter she was asked twice to contact (a woman) upon her release so that they could talk more, and a telephone number was provided," he said.

Daniel Clavell was in 2014 jailed for three years, four months for driving, drug and assault offences, and, at the time, said he would rehabilitate by turning to Islam.

Earlier this year, two other sons, Joshua and Joel Clavell, were shot by police after they allegedly attacked officers with a hatchet and knife.

Mr Berger said suggestions Ms Abdirahman-Khalif has renounced her extremist views could be treated as a "self-serving" bid to satisfy parole requirements.

The case will return to the Federal Court in December.