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South Australian Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif (center), 24, was sentenced by a jury after a court case last year for membership in a terrorist group.

Australian student jailed because he is an ISIS member, is destroyed after two years behind bars and is free to walk the streets

  • Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif, 24, convicted of being a member of a terror group
  • The verdict was set aside and she was acquitted on Thursday by the Supreme Court
  • Suspicion was raised when an attempt was made to board a flight to Turkey without a return flight
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An Australian student convicted as a member of the terrorist group of the Islamic State has set aside her guilty appeal judgment.

South Australian Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif, 24, was sentenced by a jury after a court case last year for membership in a terrorist group.

But the verdict was set aside and she was acquitted on Thursday by Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and Justice Greg Parker in a majority decision.

South Australian Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif (center), 24, was sentenced by a jury after a court case last year for membership in a terrorist group.

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South Australian Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif (center), 24, was sentenced by a jury after a court case last year for membership in a terrorist group.

But the verdict was set aside and she was acquitted on Thursday by Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and Justice Greg Parker in a majority decision

But the verdict was set aside and she was acquitted on Thursday by Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and Justice Greg Parker in a majority decision

But the verdict was set aside and she was acquitted on Thursday by Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and Justice Greg Parker in a majority decision

Justice Patricia Kelly said she would have rejected the appeal.

Abdirahman-Khalif, who spent more than two years behind bars, cried and hugged supporters after being released from the dock.

The former student was stopped by the police at Adelaide Airport while he attempted to board a plane to Istanbul in July 2016.

She told officers that she went on holiday at the last minute, despite a small amount of clothing, no return flight and less than $ 200 in money.

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The Somali refugee was later released, but arrested on the Port Adelaide TAFE SA campus in May 2017, after a lengthy police investigation.

She was found guilty in what was the state's first terrorism process, but Abdirahman-Khalif appealed and argued that the guilty verdict was unreasonable and cannot be substantiated with evidence.

Abdirahman-Khalif was sentenced in April to three years behind bars in a South Australian legal.

The Somali refugee was arrested in May 2017 on the Port Adelaide TAFE SA campus after a lengthy police investigation

The Somali refugee was arrested in May 2017 on the Port Adelaide TAFE SA campus after a lengthy police investigation

The Somali refugee was arrested in May 2017 on the Port Adelaide TAFE SA campus after a lengthy police investigation

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