Former Irish soldier member of ISIS

Former Irish soldier charged with Daesh membership

A former Irish soldier appeared in court in Dublin yesterday and has been charged with being a member of the ISIS group in Syria.

Lisa Smith, 38, a Muslim revert, was arrested by police at Dublin Airport on Sunday after being deported from Turkey with her two-year-old daughter.

The judge at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin was told she was questioned then charged with membership of an unlawful terrorist organisation and funding an unlawful organisation.

Ireland’s Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said “established procedures” were being followed to care for the suspect’s young child.

As a member of the Irish Defence Forces, she accompanied Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson and ex-prime minister Bertie Ahern on the official government jet.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said Smith should have the right of return to Ireland and that removing her citizenship would not be right or compassionate.

“This is a sensitive case and I want to reassure people that all relevant state agencies are closely involved,” he added.

Smith, from Dundalk, near the border with Northern Ireland appeared in the dock in Islamic dress.

She did not enter a plea and spoke only to confer with her lawyer. Judge Colin Daly denied her bail and remanded her in custody until December 11.



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