A FORMER member of the Self-Defense Forces seeking charges of being a member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and sponsoring terrorism has been brought before the Special Criminal Court.
Attorney for Louth woman Lisa Smith, 39, has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against her.
It is expected that they will argue that there is not enough evidence to convict their client of any crime.
The court today agreed to hear the application next Monday.
The case received widespread attention in 2019 when it emerged that blacksmith, a former Air Force Corps soldier who used to work on government jets, has been detained in Syria for alleged links to IS.
Smith was arrested at Dublin airport in 2019 on suspicion of terrorism offenses after returning from Turkey in November with her young daughter.
She came to Syria a few years ago after converting to Islam.
Smith was charged under Section Six of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism) Act 2005, so joining a foreign illegal organization is an offence.
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 euros in support by Western Union money transfer to a named individual in 2015.
She has denied the allegations.
Tested already scheduled to start today, but a court without a jury will first have to process the application before trial.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8187084/lawyers-islamic-state-lisa-smith-court-charges/ Lawyers for alleged Islamic State member Lisa Smith to ask the court to dismiss the charges against her next week