Isil suspect Smith asks prosecutors to ‘discontinue’ terror charge against her

Isil suspect and former soldier Lisa Smith has asked prosecutors to review the evidence against her and «discontinue» the charge.

A lawyer for the ex-Defence Forces member (37) made the request as she appeared in court for the first time since her release from custody.

Judge John Hughes said it was a matter for the DPP and granted prosecutors more time to prepare their case.

He remanded her on continuing bail, to appear in Dublin District Court again in March for the service of a book of evidence. Ms Smith is charged with membership of a terrorist group outside the State between October 28, 2015, and December 1 last year. She denies the charge.

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The Co Louth mother of one, who left Ireland and married after converting to Islam, was returned here from Turkey last month after spending time in a Syrian refugee camp.

She was arrested at Dublin Airport on December 1, later charged and refused bail before being granted it in the High Court and taking it up on December 31.

When she came back before the court yesterday, a State solicitor said the book of evidence required before the accused can be sent forward for trial was not ready.

She sought an extension, saying it was a «complicated, substantial case».

Information and statements were recently received from outside the State and further charges were contemplated.

It was expected the investigation file would be received by the DPP in the coming weeks and the book would be ready by March 4, she said. Peter Corrigan, for the defence, consented to the adjournment, but asked the DPP to «consider the evidential threshold» in relation to the charge.

It was the defence’s view that it «does not amount to evidence that gives a realistic prospect of a conviction». He asked for this to be «actively reviewed» and the charge discontinued in the interim.

There was not a single piece of evidence amounting to a charge that the defendant was a member of Isil, he said.

Adjourning the case, Judge Hughes said whether a prosecution was taken was a matter for the DPP and not for the court.

The charge alleges Ms Smith was «a member of a terrorist group styling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) also known as Dawlat al-Iraq al-Islamiyya, Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) and Dawlat al Islamiya fi Iraq wa al Sham, otherwise known as ‘Da’esh’ and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham».

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