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Accused IS funder had violent propaganda

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Andrew Leeson

A video showing Islamic State fighters holding a severed head has been shown to a jury in the trial of a Sydney man accused of trying to send thousands of dollars to the terrorist group.

Ali Al-Talebi, 27, allegedly had a large number of videos on his phone, including a chant praising an incident in which 1500 unarmed Iraqi prisoners were slaughtered, the jury heard on Thursday.

The videos, all featuring religious chanting, were typical of IS propaganda, Middle East expert Dr Rodger Shanahan told Sydney's District Court.

Al-Talebi, who was arrested after raids in 2014, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to give resources to a terrorist organisation and one count of knowingly making funds available to a terrorist organisation.

Dr Shanahan said the videos were used by IS to display how powerful the group was, and to instil fear in Iraqi and Syrian troops.

Several of the videos with religious chants - also known as nasheed - were played in court.

An Arabic translator provided the crown with a transcript of the nasheed and Dr Shanahan agreed some spoke of killing those who opposed IS and a wish to become a suicide bomber.

The crown also alleges that Al-Talebi was in contact with an Australian fighter in Syria prior to the raids.

The trial continues before Judge Robert Sutherland.

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