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Lisa Smith has had her case adjourned for another week. Photo: Collins Courts

Lisa Smith has had her case adjourned for another week. Photo: Collins Courts

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Lisa Smith has had her case adjourned for another week. Photo: Collins Courts

A new charge has been brought against Islamic State (IS) suspect Lisa Smith, accusing her of financing terrorism.

The ex-soldier, who is already charged with membership of IS, is further accused of providing financial assistance to a man alleged to have been involved in the terror group.

The Co Louth mother-of-one, who is facing trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, had her case adjourned for another week for the service of a book of evidence.

Ms Smith (38), a former member of the Defence Forces, who converted to Islam and left the country, was returned here from Turkey last December after spending time in a Syrian refugee camp.

Assistance

She is charged with being a member of a terrorist group, IS, outside the State between October 28, 2015, and last December 1.

At Dublin District Court yesterday, she was further charged with providing financial assistance of €800 to a named man via Western Money Transfer on May 6, 2015.

She denies the charges, which are under the Terrorist Offences Act.

Detective Sergeant Gareth Kane told Judge Paula Murphy he charged the accused before the court sitting.

She made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Sgt Kane said there was an application to extend bail to the new charge.

Judge Murphy said the accused would be subject to the same bail conditions.

State solicitor Jonathan Antoniotti said directions were for trial on indictment, and it was intended to serve the book of evidence.

A certificate for the trial venue has been issued, with the consent of the DPP and the Attorney General.

However, Mr Antoniotti said, it appeared the accused's bail surety was not present, and this would be needed before a new bond could be entered.

Defence solicitor Peter Corrigan said he was also seeking an adjournment because Ms Smith "has been denied now her fundamental right to a jury trial", and he would be seeking to challenge "the validity of the certificate that has been issued".

He said the defence had just been notified of the transfer to the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Antoniotti said the defence had been notified last Thursday.

He also said the district court had no jurisdiction to hear the argument on the serving of a book or return for trial.

The book could be served and the accused returned for trial, and this did not prejudice judicial review proceedings, he said.

Mr Corrigan also asked the judge to vary bail conditions as the accused had been signing on twice daily, saying Ms Smith had been on stringent bail conditions for seven months.

Judge Murphy said on the bail issue that this was set in the High Court and any application to vary it would have to be made there.

Airport

He extended the time required for the service of the book of evidence and adjourned the case to next Friday.

Ms Smith stood at the side of the court holding the charge sheet and was not required to speak during the hearing.

She was arrested at Dublin Airport last December 1, charged on December 4 and denied bail at the district court before being granted it later in the High Court.

She remained in custody before taking up bail on December 31, and has since been before the court several times.

The court previously heard it was a "complicated, substantial case".

Ms Smith's lawyer has previously asked for the case against her to be reviewed and for the original charge to be discontinued, but a judge has said this was a matter for the DPP.