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Irish woman charged with ISIS membership

Lisa Smith is a former Irish soldier

Lisa Smith was repatriated to Ireland from Turkey. ITV
Lisa Smith was repatriated to Ireland from Turkey. ITV

A former Irish soldier has appeared in a Dublin court charged with being a member of ISIS in Syria.

Lisa Smith, 38, and her daughter, two, who was born in Syria but is also an Irish citizen, were deported to Ireland by Turkey on Sunday.

Ms Smith, a Muslim convert from Dundalk, is the first Irish woman to be charged with ISIS membership.

During her court appearance on Wednesday, she did not enter a plea and spoke only to confer with her lawyer.

She was denied bail by Judge Colin Daly who remanded her in custody until December 11.

Ms Smith went to Syria in 2015 and had a child with another Irish citizen suspected of being an ISIS member. He died last year.

Police said her daughter was being cared for by relatives in Ireland, the Irish broadcaster RTE reported.

Between 2000 and 2011, Ms Smith served in the Irish army before transferring to the air force where she worked on the government jet. She accompanied high profile Irish politicians on plane journeys including then president Mary Robinson and former prime minister Bertie Ahern.

RTE reported that the suspect had been living with her daughter in Syria’s Ain Issa refugee camp, which was attacked by Turkish forces earlier this year.

Turkey said it captured 287 ISIS suspects who escaped Kurdish detention during its offensive in Syria.

Ankara began deporting foreign ISIS suspects earlier this month. Ms Smith and her daughter were repatriated along with 10 Germans, one US citizen and one British citizen.

Updated: December 5, 2019 03:11 PM

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