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Lisa Smith sent for non-jury trial over terror group charge

Lisa Smith is charged with membership of the Islamist State terrorist group and financing terrorism

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Lisa Smith is charged with membership of a terrorist group

Lisa Smith is charged with membership of a terrorist group

Lisa Smith is charged with membership of a terrorist group

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism, has been returned for trial at the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge Declan Dempsey, yesterday granted an ex-parte application - where only one side is present in court - by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to try Ms Smith at the non-jury court.

Last December at Dublin District Court Ms Smith, a 38-year-old from Co Louth, was initially charged with an offence contrary to the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years, for being a member of unlawful terrorist group Islamic State (IS) between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019.

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On July 24 last, a further charge was bought against the mother-of-one under the same legislation for financing terrorism by sending €800 in assistance, via a Western Union money transfer, to a named man on May 6, 2015.

At yesterday's brief hearing, State solicitor Michael O'Donovan said the DPP was applying to the court to make an order under Section 49 of the Offences Against the State Act, so that the accused woman be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

In certain cases, the DPP can certify that in their opinion the ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the effective administration of justice.

Mr Justice Hunt made the formal order for the case to be heard in the non-jury court.

Ms Smith was previously sent forward for trial at the Special Criminal Court when she last appeared at Dublin District Court on July 31, where Sergeant Gareth Kane of the Special Detective Unit served the book of evidence on the accused woman on that date.

Ms Smith, who denies the charges, was not present in court yesterday for the legal formality.

The case was listed for mention before the three-judge court on September 14 next, when the Dundalk woman is required to be in attendance.