Irish court finds ex-soldier Lisa Smith guilty of joining IS

30/5/2022 9:56:00 PM

Irish court finds ex-soldier Lisa Smith guilty of joining IS

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Irish court finds ex-soldier Lisa Smith guilty of joining IS

DUBLIN, May 30 — Three judges at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today found former soldier Lisa Smith guilty of joining the so-called Islamic State group in Syria. Smith,...

Monday, 30 May 2022 8:37 PM MYTDUBLIN, May 30 — Three judges at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today found former soldier Lisa Smith guilty of joining the so-called Islamic State group in Syria.Smith, 40, wept in the dock as judge Tony Hunt read the panel’s decision, which was delivered after a nine-week trial.

The Muslim convert, who wore a hijab to court, pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful terrorist group between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019.Judge Hunt said the prosecution had established beyond reasonable doubt that she travelled to Syria “with her eyes open” and pledged allegiance to the group, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Monday, 30 May 2022 8:37 PM MYT DUBLIN, May 30 — Three judges at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today found former soldier Lisa Smith guilty of joining the so-called Islamic State group in Syria. Smith, 40, wept in the dock as judge Tony Hunt read the panel’s decision, which was delivered after a nine-week trial. The perpetrator was a man disguised as an old lady who jumped out of a wheelchair before attacking the glass. The Muslim convert, who wore a hijab to court, pleaded not guilty to membership of an unlawful terrorist group between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019. Following several days of a trial that began in March 2020, he was convicted of one charge each of molestation and sexual assault. Judge Hunt said the prosecution had established beyond reasonable doubt that she travelled to Syria “with her eyes open” and pledged allegiance to the group, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.. She was acquitted of a separate charge of financing terrorism by sending €800 (RM3,933) to aid medical treatment for a Syrian man in Turkey. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!.

Hunt said there was reasonable doubt that she intended the money to be used for humanitarian purposes rather than to fund terrorism.” posted the author of a video of the incident’s aftermath that shows a Louvre staffer cleaning the glass. The couple, who dated for 11 years, got a divorce after the incident. He granted her bail until a sentencing hearing on July 11. During the trial, which began in January, prosecutors detailed how Smith, who was a member of the Irish Defence Forces from 2001 to 2011, travelled to IS controlled territory in 2015 after converting to Islam.” The Louvre was not immediately available for comment. In 2012, she went on pilgrimage to Mecca, and expressed a desire on an Islamic Facebook page to live under Shariah law and to die a martyr. The judge then found that her testimony was “unusually convincing” — the threshold to convict an accused person of sexual offences. The court was told that she bought a one-way ticket from Dublin to Turkey, crossing the border into Syria and living in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s self-styled caliphate..

At the time, the hardline Islamists ruled over vast swathes of Syria and Iraq, attracting thousands of foreign fighters to their cause before the group’s territorial defeat in the region. After failing to convince her husband to join her, Smith divorced him in 2016 and married a UK national involved in the group’s armed patrols.. When the banquet was over, several of the 10 groomsmen, including the accused, and some bridesmaids took the leftover alcohol to the bridal suite and continued drinking there. As IS lost ground to a US-led coalition on the battlefield and towns and cities under its sway fell, Smith was forced to flee Raqqa and then Baghouz, their last remaining stronghold, before returning to Ireland. She was arrested on arrival at Dublin airport on December 1, 2019 with her young daughter. Defence lawyers argued that Smith’s presence in IS territory did not make her a de facto member of the extremist Sunni group. The victim testified that she woke up at about 6am and felt someone caressing her chest, as well as someone sexually assaulting her.

They have said it could only be argued “at a stretch” that she provided some sort of assistance to the group because she had kept a home for her husband. The three judges sat without a jury at the Special Criminal Court, which adjudicates on cases involving terrorism and organised crime offences. — AFP Advertisement . She then touched the man’s lower leg and thought he was not her husband because he was wearing jeans.