Lisa Smith: Former Irish soldier convicted of being Islamic State member

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A former Irish soldier has been discovered responsible of being a member of so-called Islamic State.

Lisa Smith, from Dundalk in Co Louth, was convicted by a decide on the Particular Felony Court docket in Dublin.

Smith wiped away tears from her eyes as the decision was learn out by Mr Justice Tony Hunt.

The 40-year-old was discovered not responsible of a second cost of trying to finance the terrorist organisation.

The decide informed the court docket it couldn’t be proved past affordable doubt that Smith’s intentions when she despatched €800 to a so-called Islamic State member weren’t charitable or humanitarian.

Smith left the Irish navy after she transformed to Islam in 2011 and later travelled to IS-controlled territory in Syria.

There, after a earlier marriage ended, she married Sajid Aslam, a Briton whom the court docket was informed “had performed a snipers course on her recommendation”.

Smith had a daughter, born in June 2017, earlier than she returned to Eire in December 2019 after the collapse of Islamic State.

She was arrested at Dublin Airport and charged with terror offences.

The court docket was informed that Smith had “endeavoured to entry IS-controlled territory and sought out the means by which this might be performed”.

Sean Gillane SC, for the prosecution, stated Smith “subscribed to the reciprocity of allegiance and safety, and in that sense, she enveloped herself in the usual or black flag of Islamic State”.

It was the prosecution’s case that to “make hijra” (to migrate) on this particular context is “a central act of allegiance to this proto-state” and an “act with out which the terrorist group can not survive”.

“It’s the lifeblood of the Islamic State,” Mr Gillane stated.

Smith will likely be sentenced on 11 July.

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