Alarmed, ISIS terrorist Lisa Smith will be tried in the Special Criminal Court on Tuesday.
Former Irish Self-Defense Force member, 39 years old, from Dundalk, Co Louth accused of being a member of the Islamic State terrorist group.
She denied the allegation. The three-judge trial is expected to last 12 weeks.
blacksmith She is currently out on bail, which means she will be free to go home every day following the proceedings.
As part of the strict bail conditions, Smith must reside at an address in the northeast.
She was also ordered to follow a curfew, to stay indoors from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. She cannot leave the jurisdiction or apply for a pass.
Smith is also prohibited from accessing the internet or using any social media, and she is not allowed to interact with people who are not.Garda witness in the case.
In November, the court heard how it was allowed to call evidence from three witnesses in the case by video link because their arrival in Ireland was “unexpected or improbable”.
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Two of the witnesses are in Australia while another is in the US. Smith’s defense objected to the application and pointed out difficulties with video link evidence during the trial of Aaron Brady, who was found guilty of murdering Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
A key witness in that trial was giving video-linked evidence in front of a jury when an unidentified man cut her off, after which the judge warned the jury about the dangers of relying on it. on her evidence due to disruption and possible tampering.
Michael Bowman SC, the prosecutor, previously told the court that the two proposed witnesses were a retired Garda and a member of the Australian police force in Australia while a female witness was in the US.
Mr Justice Hunt said he was pleased that the conditions to allow the prosecution to be filed had been met due to the “current public health situation”, adding that it would take “more than one flight to arrive”. this”.
The judge said it was not desirable to force people through certain airports in the current climate.
Mr Bowman said it was up to the witnesses whether or not they wanted to travel, but they would be invited to do so.
Smith was charged with contravention of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism) Act 2005 for being a member of the illegal terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) from October 28, 2015 to December 1, 2019 .
She was also charged under the same law with financing terrorism by sending €800 in assistance, via Western Union money transfer, to a named man on May 6, 2015.
Defense attorney Michael O’Higgins SC said his client had traveled around the Middle East and found himself in an area known as ISIS, which, he said, is a State that includes areas in Syria and Iraq.
The lawyer added that anyone who voluntarily lives there makes them “automatically” a member of ISIS.
The Dundalk woman converted to Islam and went to Syria to join the Islamic State in 2015.
She denies the allegations.
Before Defense Force member and her girl were held in a camp in Syria for almost a year in 2019 after escaping the last round of the terrorist group’s encirclement in Baghouz – but this was bombed and she fell into Turkish hand.
Smith and her daughter were brought back to Ireland on 1 December 2019.
A small group of Self-Defense Forces personnel flew to Turkey to accompany the Louth native and her daughter, Rakeya, two years old, back here.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8183004/lisa-smith-trial-special-criminal-court-isis-charges/ Alleged ISIS terrorist Lisa Smith to appear in Dublin’s Special Criminal Court for Islamic State charges