Lisa Smith: Irish woman accused of terrorist financing


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Lisa Smith pictured arriving at Dublin District Court on Friday morning

A former member of the Irish Defense Forces who is accused of belonging to the group calling itself Islamic State (IS) faces an additional charge.

Lisa Smith, from Dundalk in County Louth, is now charged with financing terrorism and being a member of ISIS.

The 38-year-old appeared in Dublin District Court on Friday.

The new charge is for transferring € 800 (£ 728) via Western Union account in 2015.

Ms Smith traveled to Syria over eight years ago and was deported to Ireland late last year.

The Dublin District Court hearing heard that she would be tried by the Special Criminal Court without a jury.

However, her lawyer said the defense would challenge that ruling because Ms Smith was being denied her basic right to a jury trial.

A Garda (Irish Police) sergeant from the Republic’s Special Detective Unit told the court that officers charged Ms Smith with the new offense at the courthouse on Friday morning.

The sergeant said she did not respond when the charge was brought against her.

The judge returned Ms Smith on continuous bail for an additional week.

She is scheduled to appear in court again next Friday, when the evidence book is expected to be served.


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