No ver­dict for jury in ter­ror trial

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - LUCY HUGHES-JONES

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.

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