Kenyan Refugee in Australia, Islamic State accused 23 year old pleads not guilty

September 7, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif, 23, appeared in the South Australian Supreme Court on Monday after earlier pleading not guilty to membership of a terrorist organization. She is accused of joining the IS extremist group told police it was “a coincidence” she had the personal phone numbers of three active terrorists, a court has heard. Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif is accused of being a member of the Islamic State terrorism group had bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul and intended to live in IS-held territory. Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp, before moving to Australia with her mother and brothers when she was thirteen.

 In opening the trial, Commonwealth prosecutor Chris Winneke QC said Abdirahman-Khalif was detained at Adelaide Airport carrying only hand luggage and less than $200. According to the reports published in ABC Australia, the prosecution alleges Ms. Abdirahman-Khalif had 378 audio files associated with IS on her mobile phone, along with 125 videos from an IS media organization, 62 of which were extremist in nature. The court was played an hour-long “representative sample” of the videos, which had been compiled by a detective from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) counter-terrorism team.  The prosecutor has informed the jury in this case that said evidence in the case against Abdirahman-Khalif would be circumstantial.

Prosecutor previously told the Supreme Court Ms. Abdirahman-Khalif had been in communication with three young African women who carried out a bombing in Mombassa, Kenya, in September 2016, for which IS later claimed responsibility. According to prosecutors, crown does have evidence that suggests that the defendant had some knowledge that the event in Mombasa was going to occur. Therefore, with this evidence they can make a case that accused had ‘some knowledge’ of bombing according to prosecution.


No country in the world today remains unaffected by terrorism. The emergence of jihadist-inspired threats globally have affected Australia, and Australian counterterrorism strategy has developed significantly since 9/11.  According to Australian Federal Police, identifying extremists poses a complex issue due to the various pathways leading individuals through the radicalization process. Individuals involved in extremist activities come from a diverse range of social backgrounds and are influenced by a range of complex internal and external factors. The complexity of countering violent extremism therefore requires a sophisticated and coordinated response across all levels of government.

According to Australian intelligence agencies Australia faces a National Security threat from terrorism. The Australian terrorism environment is seeing younger people come to the attention of authorities for a range of reasons. This may include changes in their behavior and beliefs that may be indicative of a susceptibility to radicalization. Quite often these concerns don’t meet the threshold for a criminal investigation but may be indicative of a vulnerability that can be exploited by extremist and criminal groups.


The global terrorism environment is constantly evolving and requires law enforcement agencies to continually adapt to changing threats.  Tech-Savvy terrorists and terrorism sympathizers of Islamic State find innovative ways of communications to evade identification and capture. Technology is both the problem and therein lies the solution as well.  One such sure-shot technology that gives law enforcement the very needed edge is iCognative by Brainwave Science. Terrorist organizations that try their best to lure thousands via web of social media accounts and encrypted messaging apps, and a multitude of languages, they directed or inspired sympathizers around the globe to join the militants on the battlefield or to launch murderous plots at home.

iCognative by Brainwave Science is an unprecedented security solution supports officials from Counter-terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, Border Security and Law Enforcement fields. Its unique value consists in its ability to distinguish between suspects and innocents by a simple test of brainwave activity and response to certain stimuli.  Counterterrorism authorities can utilize the iCognative solution to determine if an individual’s memory contains specific knowledge of any fact or situation, such as the details of a crime scene, bomb-making knowledge, or the inner workings of a terrorist organization. Deployment of this technology ensures collection of valuable case related intelligence that may very well thwart future attacks aimed to threaten nation’s security.

In the case of Ms. Abdirahman-Khalif the evidence and investigation details related to case including witness accounts such as: locations of three terrorists from IS contacted by the accused; had 378 audio files associated with IS on her mobile; electronic evidences including 125 videos from an IS media organization; details regarding meetings with other IS sympathizers in South Australia; plans of attacks in other parts of the world like Kenya; testimonies of family members regarding the problem of radicalization; communications and location details with other operatives in Turkey along with pictures of locations visited by the accused during planning and financing of the trip along with other details collected by investigators can serve as Stimuli to conduct a iCognative test. Australian Federal Police can conduct iCognative test. Any person from the official’s suspect or person of interest list, along with the victims can be subjected to the test. It only takes 45 minutes and its results shine invaluable intelligence.

iCognative is designed to gain information from a suspect’s brain based on infallible algorithms and proprietary technologies.  The test is easy to perform by an intelligence examiner. Its unique architecture makes it 99% accurate as it is based on a brain involuntary response called P300. Within 45 minutes the truth would be revealed, the analysis would have shown Ms. Abdirahman-Khalif affiliation and knowledge of inner workings of terrorist organization, making the conviction easier and clearer. Furthermore, this innovative investigation method could have discovered if she had recruited more believers or if she was planning other terrorist acts at the moment of his arrest. With the continuous threat posed by the Islamist terrorists for Australian youth, a time efficient solution is a must.  iCognative can open up a new web of leads to be investigated, giving authorities the opportunity to act in time and detect criminal acts before being carried out.  With its remarkable ability to quickly and accurately identify missing links, iCognative effectively leverages intelligence collection to an unprecedented level.

Source: ABC News
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