ISIS bride Lisa Smith found not guilty of attempting to fund terrorists – World News

Former Irish Armed Forces soldier Lisa Smith, 39, accompanied an ex-president on trips abroad before traveling to war-torn Syria in 2015 following her radicalisation

Lisa Smith was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses on her return to Ireland
Lisa Smith was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses on her return to Ireland – but found not guilty

A former Irish soldier has been found not guilty of attempting to fund ISIS.

Former Irish Defense Force member Lisa Smith, 39, has been found not guilty by a court of attempting to fund the terrorist organisation.

Ms Smith, 39, who was a member of the Irish Defense Forces, was tried at Dublin’s Special Criminal Court earlier this year.

The judge said it could not be ruled beyond doubt that Smith’s intention to send €800 to a so-called member of the Islamic State was for either charitable or humanitarian purposes.

Justice Tony Hunt said there was “sufficient uncertainty” about the reasonable doubts and acquitted Smith of the charge.

Smith, 39, faces a second charge under the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offenses) Act 2005 for being a member of the illegal terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019.

The court will decide on this allegation on Monday.

Smith arrives at Dublin’s Central Criminal Court on January 8th


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Today’s verdict came in connection with a terrorist financing charge under the same law by sending €800 in assistance via Western Union money transfer to a named man on May 6, 2015.

Smith once accompanied a former President and leader of Ireland on trips abroad as a member of the Irish Armed Forces, but went to war-torn Syria in 2015 after being converted to Islam and being radicalised.

The 38-year-old has repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming she moved to the declared Islamic State to follow the teachings of the Koran.

In 2019, it emerged that the terror suspect was forced to remain in her cell in a segregation wing of Limerick Prison for 20 hours a day This is reported by the Irish Daily Mirror.

During his pre-trial detention, Smith was held in solitary confinement in a maximum security facility in Limerick





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According to a source, inside her cell she also wears her black traditional abaya robe and spends her time reading.

The source said at the time: “She is being separated from other inmates and spends most of her time reading books in her cell. She can also watch TV.

“She’s locked up 20 hours a day and only allowed out for four hours to use the training ground or the gym and things like that.

“Prison staff are trying to help her as much as they can and it is hoped that eventually she will be less restricted.

“There is a prayer room in the prison, but she seems to use her cell most of the time. When she leaves her cell she is in her full robe.”

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