The prosecution also alleges Benares attended a demonstration outside the American Embassy on September 11th 2011, to coincide with the anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks, which Anjem Choudhary and Abu Izzadeen also attended.
In police interviews, the court heard the defendant said that as a Muslim he was curious about news and wanted to see what he described as the 'other side', to counterbalance any argument.
Benares is also said to have stated that he had not read any of the Inspire magazines downloaded.
Mohamed Benares denies the charges. The trial continues.