No verdict for jury in terror trial
A JURY has been unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a KurdishAustralian “journalist” accused of fighting for a terrorist group in a Middle Eastern war zone.
Sydney-based Renas Lelikan travelled to Iraqi and Turkish conflict hot spots in 2012 with the banned Kurdish Workers Party but claims he was a correspondent.
The 40-year-old had already pleaded guilty to being a member of a terrorist organisation but denied engaging in hostile activity in a foreign state.
After more than four weeks of deliberation a jury in the NSW Supreme Court was unable to reach a verdict on that charge and had to be discharged yesterday.
The jury was told Lelikan travelled to Hakkari Province, a mountainous region where Turkish government forces and Kurdish guerillas clashed after peace talks broke down in 2011.
Lelikan, who was on bail and had been supported in court by the Kurdish community, is now expected to face a retrial with the matter back in court next year.