Tuesday 22 October 2019

Fears for Isil bride's safety on journey back


Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Officials involved in the repatriation of Isil bride Lisa Smith have expressed serious concerns about the prospect of her being detained en route back to Ireland.

Consideration has been given to returning the Dundalk, Co Louth, woman through northern Iraq, but fears were raised that she could be arrested over her alleged allegiance to the Isil.

The Irish Independent understands that the Iraqi route would have formed part of a proposed plan to return Lisa Smith (37) to Ireland, which may now not happen for several weeks. This specific route is not believed part of plans anymore.

Officials had proposed returning her through the city of Erbil, in the north of the country, which is the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan. US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces have been at the forefront of the battle against Isil in recent years.

Erbil's strong Kurdish background, along with Ms Smith's alleged Isil links, are understood to be the reason for concerns over her being arrested if she were to be repatriated through the city.

Ireland has also been working with a number of European countries who also have nationals in Syria.

Isil brides from countries including the UK, France, Denmark and Sweden are demanding repatriation - and Ireland has been using these diplomatic contacts to secure a channel to get Ms Smith back to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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