A LEGAL attempt by former Ireland Defense Force member Lisa Smith to reduce terrorism-related charges against her has been heard in the Special Criminal Court.
At Monday’s hearing, Michael O’Higgins SC, on behalf of Ms. Smith, gave a application to dismiss the case on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to convict her of any crime.
The claim was dismissed by Sean Gillane SC for prosecution.
The hearing has been adjourned for today and will resume tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at SCC.
The media could not report details of Monday’s hearing.
If the application is unsuccessful, the trial will continue and potentially last for 12 weeks.
Mrs. Smith appeared in court today wearing a gray coat and a black face covering her face.
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The case received widespread attention in 2019 when it was reported that Smith, a former Air Force soldier who worked on Government jets, had been detained in Syria. alleged links to IS.
She traveled to Syria some years ago after she converted to Islam.
Smith was charged under Section Six of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism) Act 2005, making it an offense to join an illegal foreign organization.
It is alleged that from October 28, 2015 to December 1, 2019 at a location outside the State, she was a member of a terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State.
She has also been accused of sponsoring terrorism, by sending €800 in support by Western Union money transfer to a named individual in 2015.
She has denied the allegations.
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