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Isil suspect faces new charge of financing terrorism

Smith accused of assisting man with €800

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Hearing: Lisa Smith leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday after a District Court appearance. Photo: Collins Courts

Hearing: Lisa Smith leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday after a District Court appearance. Photo: Collins Courts

Hearing: Lisa Smith leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday after a District Court appearance. Photo: Collins Courts

A new charge has been brought against Isil suspect Lisa Smith, accusing her of financing terrorism.

The former soldier, who is already charged with membership of Isil, is now accused of providing financial assistance to a man alleged to have been involved in the terror group.

The Co Louth mother of one, who is facing trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, had her case adjourned for another week for the service of a book of evidence.

Ms Smith (38), an ex-member of the Defence Forces who converted to Islam and left the country, was brought back here from Turkey last December after spending time in a Syrian refugee camp.

She is charged with being a member of a terrorist group - Isil - outside the State between October 28, 2015 and December 1 last year.

At Dublin District Court yesterday, she was further charged with providing financial assistance of €800 to a named man, via Western Money Transfer, on May 6, 2015. She is denying the charges, under the Terrorist Offences Act.

Detective Sgt Gareth Kane told Judge Paula Murphy that Ms Smith made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Sgt Kane said there was an application to extend bail to the new charge.

Judge Murphy said the accused would be subject to the same bail conditions.

State solicitor Jonathan Antoniotti said directions were for trial on indictment and it was intended to serve the book of evidence today.

A certificate for the trial venue had been issued, with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General.

However, he said, it appeared that the accused's bail surety was not present and this would be needed before a new bond could be entered.

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Defence solicitor Peter Corrigan said he was also seeking an adjournment because Ms Smith "has been denied now her fundamental right to a jury trial" and he would be seeking to challenge "the validity of the certificate that has been issued".

He said the defence had just been notified of the transfer of the case to the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Antoniotti said the defence had been notified last Thursday. He also said the District Court had no jurisdiction to hear the argument on the serving of a book or return for trial. The book could be served and the accused returned for trial and this did not prejudice Judicial Review proceedings, he said.

Mr Corrigan also asked the judge to vary bail conditions as the accused had been signing on twice daily, saying Ms Smith had been on stringent bail conditions for the past seven months.

Judge Murphy said on the bail issue, this was set in the High Court and any application to vary it would have to be made there.

The judge extended the time required for the service of the book of evidence and adjourned the case to July 31.

Ms Smith stood at the side of the court holding the charge sheet and was not required to speak during the hearing.

She was arrested at Dublin Airport on December 1 last year and later charged and bailed.

She has since been before the court several times, and on previous occasions, her lawyer asked for the case against her to be reviewed and for the original charge to be discontinued, but a judge has said this was a matter for the DPP and not the courts.

Ms Smith is also anxious to "prove her innocence", her lawyer has said.


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