Friday 24 January 2020

Isil suspect Smith to spend Christmas in prison while case against her prepared

Security: A prison van carrying Lisa Smith leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Security: A prison van carrying Lisa Smith leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Prosecutors have been given more time to prepare their case against former soldier Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of Isil.

The mother of one (37) was further remanded in custody after a court heard a book of evidence was not ready yet.

Judge Colin Daly adjourned the case to a date in January, when the accused will appear by video link with Limerick prison, at her lawyer's request.

Yesterday was Ms Smith's second court appearance at Dublin District Court after she was deported from Turkey, charged and refused bail last week.

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The charge alleges that Ms Smith, from Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, Co Louth, was a member of a terrorist group outside the State between October 28, 2015, and December 1 this year.

It is alleged it was an organisation styling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), also known as Dawlat al-Iraq al Islamiya, Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) and Dawlat al Islamiya fi Iraq wa al Sham, otherwise known as 'Da'esh' and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham.

The court has heard she will be denying the charge.

Judge Daly asked yesterday if the book of evidence was ready. A State solicitor said it was not and he was seeking a four-week adjournment.

The book of evidence is required before the accused can be sent for trial to a higher court.

Defence barrister David Leonard said there was consent to the adjournment.

Ms Smith, dressed in a black robe with her face uncovered, stood silently with her hands held in front of her.

Judge Daly previously recommended she is separated from the rest of the prison population for her own safety.

At last week's bail hearing, Det Sgt Gareth Kane said it was alleged she had been radicalised in Dundalk, travelled to Syria in 2015, married an Isil member and "pledged allegiance to Islamic State in the full knowledge of its brutal regime".

Det Sgt Kane said further charges were contemplated.

Defence solicitor Peter Corrigan had said Ms Smith "never joined Isis", was "vulnerable" and only went to Syria to live in the Islamic State as a loyal Muslim after converting to Islam. Living there did not make someone guilty of an offence, Mr Corrigan said.

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