Lawyers for alleged ISIS operative Lisa Smith ask court to dismiss charges against her

A FORMER member of the Defense Forces seeks to have the charges of belonging to the so-called Islamic State (IS) and terrorist financing dropped before the Special Criminal Court.

Lawyers for Louth’s wife Lisa Smith, 39, have filed for dismissal of the case against her.

Lisa Smith in court this morning


Lisa Smith in court this morningCredit: Collins

They are expected to argue that there is insufficient evidence to convict their client on any of the charges.

The court today agreed to hear the request next Monday.

The case received wide attention in 2019 when it emerged that Smith, a former Air Corps soldier who had worked on the government plane, had been arrested in Syria for alleged links. with IS.

Smith was arrested at Dublin Airport in 2019 on suspicion of terrorist offenses after returning from Turkey in November with her young daughter.

She had visited Syria several years ago after converting to Islam.

Smith is charged under section six of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offenses) Act 2005, which makes it an offense to join a foreign illegal organization.

It is alleged that between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019, in a location outside the state, she was a member of a terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State.

She was also charged with financing terrorism, sending $ 800 in Western Union money transfer aid to a named person in 2015.

She denied the charges.

The trial was scheduled to begin today, but the jury-less court will have to deal with the pre-trial application first.

More to follow.

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