Irish ex-soldier Lisa Smith found guilty of membership in Islamic State

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Irish ex-soldier Lisa Smith has been convicted of membership in the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a Dublin court has ruled.

Smith, who retired from the army in 2011, was a member of the Islamist militant group between at least October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019.

Special Court Judge Tony Hunt ruled that despite her acquittal in 2015, Smith knowingly traveled to an IS-controlled area of ​​Syria after she converted to Islam.

She had previously made a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2012 and expressed her wish on Facebook to live under Sharia law and die a “martyr”.

Smith, who served 10 years in the army, was also accused of moving to then-IS-controlled Raqqa, Syria, and marrying a Brit who had taken part in armed patrols for the terror group. She was deported with her two-year-old daughter after the fall of IS in 2019 and arrested at Dublin Airport.

However, at the end of the nine-week trial, Smith was found not guilty of funding a terrorist organization via a donation of €800, which she said was intended for humanitarian causes.

The money, she said, was intended to help a Syrian citizen receive medical treatment in Turkey. She broke down in tears when the decision was announced on Monday morning.

She will be sentenced on Monday 11 July.

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