An Irishwoman has been charged with membership of Islamic State and denied bail in the Dublin district court. Lisa Smith was detained at Dublin airport last Sunday following her deportation from Turkey.
She was arrested at 10.30 this morning and charged with committing a terrorist offence outside the Irish state between 28 October, 2015 and 1 December, 2019.
Ms Smith denies the allegations.
This is the first case of this nature in the Republic of Ireland. Ms Smith, 38, has a two-year-old daughter who is now being cared for by relatives.
The former member of the Irish defence force, who was wearing a black burqa during the hearing, made no comment when she was charged.
Her application for bail was heard in-camera at the request of prosecution counsel.
The Director of Public Prospection said the state could not disclose its case publicly because it contained sensitive details that could be prejudicial to a future trial.
Ms Smith’s legal counsel requested that she is separated from the wider prison population when she is remanded in custody.
Over the past three days, detectives questioned her about her movements throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe since she converted to Islam.
Ms Smith is a former member of the Irish air corps and served on the government jet for a period in the 2000s. She left the force in 2012.
Ms Smith travelled to Syria in 2015, where she met and married British jihadist Sajid Aslam who later died in fighting. She was detained in the Ain Issa camp in Syria for most of the past year, but escaped in mid-October.
Ms Smith is charged that under Section Six of the Terrorist Offences Act 2005, which makes it an offence to join a foreign unlawful organisation.
She will appear in court again on 11 December when she will be served with a book of evidence.
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