LISA DE­NIES TER­ROR­IST OF­FENCES

The Argus - - FRONT PAGE - By OLIVIA RYAN

DUN­DALK woman Lisa Smith was ar­rested ‘on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ist of­fences’ as she ar­rived at Dublin air­port with her young daugh­ter on Sun­day morn­ing.

In dra­matic scenes, the 38 year old was es­corted from the Turk­ish Air­lines flight, and was later trans­ferred to a South Dublin Garda sta­tion. She was pic­tured on the steps of the plane af­ter it landed, her head cov­ered with a pink blan­ket.

Gar­dai con­firmed they ar­rested an Ir­ish cit­i­zen ‘on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ist of­fences fol­low­ing her de­por­ta­tion from Tur­key.’ They were also granted an ad­di­tional 24 hours to ques­tion the former sol­dier.

Her daugh­ter is cur­rently in the care of rel­a­tives.

Solic­i­tor Dar­ragh Mackin stated she ‘cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied be­ing in­volved in a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion,’ ad­ding: ‘Be­ing a mem­ber of Is­lamic State does not mean she was a mem­ber of Isis.’

DUN­DALK woman Lisa Smith was ar­rested by gar­dai ‘on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ist of­fences’ as she ar­rived at Dublin air­port with her young daugh­ter on Sun­day morn­ing.

In dra­matic scenes, the 38 year old was es­corted from the Turk­ish Air­lines flight by gar­dai, and was later trans­ferred to a South Dublin Garda sta­tion.

Lisa, who made head­lines af­ter she trav­elled to Syria a num­ber of years ago to live in the ‘Is­lamic State’, had been de­ported from Tur­key along with her two year old child.

She was pic­tured on the steps of the plane af­ter it landed at Dublin air­port, her head cov­ered with a pink blan­ket.

In a state­ment, gar­dai con­firmed they ar­rested ‘an Ir­ish Cit­i­zen on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ist of­fences fol­low­ing her de­por­ta­tion from Tur­key. She is cur­rently be­ing de­tained at a South Dublin Garda sta­tion un­der the pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 30 of the Of­fences against the State Act, 1939 as amended. A child, also an Ir­ish Cit­i­zen, was in the com­pany of the fe­male and is now be­ing cared for by rel­a­tives.’

It was con­firmed yes­ter­day (Mon­day) morn­ing that gar­dai had been granted an ad­di­tional 24 hours to ques­tion her.

Lisa, who is orig­i­nally from Muirhev­namor, was a mem­ber of the Ir­ish army, and served with the 27th Bat­tal­ion be­fore join­ing the Air Corps.

She is re­ported to have left the De­fence Forces around 2011, and had con­verted to Is­lam.

It is un­der­stood that she trav­elled to Syria in 2015, and had mar­ried a Bri­tish man, while liv­ing in the former Is­lamic State.

She made in­ter­na­tional head­lines ear­lier this year when it emerged she was liv­ing in refugee camp in Syria with her young child. She gave a num­ber of me­dia in­ter­views from the camp, where she de­nied hold­ing ex­trem­ist views.

Dar­ragh Mackin, the solic­i­tor rep­re­sent­ing the Dun­dalk woman said she has ‘a strong case to make’.

Speak­ing on RTE’s Morn­ing Ire­land he said that be­ing a mem­ber of Is­lamic State is not nec­es­sar­ily a di­rect link to Isis.

‘ There are ex­treme or­gan­i­sa­tions that tar­get vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple on the ba­sis of their re­li­gious be­liefs to lure them to cer­tain ar­eas,’ said Mr. Mackin. ‘Go­ing to a par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion is not a ter­ror­ist of­fence.’

He said Lisa Smith ‘cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied be­ing in­volved in a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion,’ ad­ding: ‘In her case be­ing a mem­ber of Is­lamic State does not mean she was a mem­ber of Isis.’

Pic: Mark Condren

Lisa Smith is cov­ered by a pink baby blan­ket as she dis­em­barks from the Turk­ish Air­lines flight.

Lisa Smith car­ry­ing her daugh­ter af­ter dis­em­bark­ing the flight at Dublin Air­port. Pic­ture: Mark Condren

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