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Friday 19 September 2014

One of Interpol's most-wanted fugitives 'working in a Dublin cafe'

Published 07/07/2014 | 07:46

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Lisa-Marie Smith facing charges in 1996

A FEMALE fugitive who vanished from Thailand 18 years ago while on bail for serious drug smuggling charges has reportedly been tracked to Ireland.

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According to the Sun newspaper Lisa Marie Smith is working in a Dublin cafe and has been here for some time.

Smith was originally charged with carrying opium but this was later reduced to carrying 4kg of hashish and 500 amphetamine tablets after her parents arrived in the country with a top lawyer.

She claimed she was paid to take a backpack to Tokyo for a Pakistani man named Hassan.

Smith was released from the notorious Lard Yao Prison - nicknamed the Bangkok Hilton - on bail she fled from Bangkok to Greece in 1996 using a British passport.

It is believed she then used another British passport to leave Greece.

Since then she has appeared on Interpol's most wanted list.

Ireland has no extradition agreement with Thailand. The Sun reports that gardai have contacted Interpol to inform them that Smith is in Dublin.

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