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Ireland ISIS bride Lisa Smith will be quizzed by gardai over suspected terrorist offences if she returns to Ireland

23:00  10 october  2019
23:00  10 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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ISIS bride Lisa Smith will be quizzed by gardai on suspected terrorist offences if she returns home, it emerged today.

Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan said detectives had been gathering evidence and a probe is underway into the former Defence Forces soldier.

The 38-year-old mother is currently in a detention camp in wartorn Syria with her young daughter.

a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Irish 'ISIS bride' Lisa Smith © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Irish 'ISIS bride' Lisa Smith

Ass Comm O’Sullivan told RTE News that Smith, who once served on the Government jet, can be prosecuted under existing laws - but that would be up to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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It is an offence under the Criminal Justice Act 2005 to engage in terror activity either inside or outside the state.

Smith, from Dundalk, Co Louth, is one of two Irish citizens under criminal investigation on suspicion of committing terrorist offences with ISIS.

The other is Alexandr Bekmirzaev, who is also being detained in Syria.

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Five other Irish citizens have returned from conflict zones but gardai say they pose no threat.

Detectives estimate that 30 Irish people travelled to fight abroad and believe 16 of them are now dead.

Officers tasked with the security of the state are monitoriing around fifty suspected Islamists supporters and sympathisers, five who are deemed such a security threat they are under intensive surveillance.

Ass Comm O’Sullivan said Smith first came to garda attention in 2012.

Tonight it emerged Smith could be freed from the detention camp as the United States moves its troops out of Syria.

a man standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: Lisa Smith (third from right) as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government Jet at Casement Aerodrome on his way to address the US Congress and Senate in April 2008 © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Lisa Smith (third from right) as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government Jet at Casement Aerodrome on his way to address the US Congress and Senate in April 2008

A deal struck between Turkish President Erdogan and US president Donald Trump could lead to the freeing of thousands of ISIS fighters as Kurds move to defend areas attacked by Turkey.

Turkey will now control the camps and prisons housing ISIS jihadists, their wives and children.

Kurdish-led troops from the Syrian Demoractic Forces (SDF) have started to move troops from Al Hawl region - where tens of thousands of ISIS families are held - to defend their northern areas.

The move could see thousands of ISIS supporters and fighters released .

In an interview in July Smith warned ISIS will “buy me back”, a prediction that could turn to reality given the precarious security situation in the camps.

Smith has told journalists she wants to return to Ireland with her daughter. She says her jihadist husband was killed in fighting.

a man wearing a black hat: Lisa Smith and her daughter Rakaya © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Lisa Smith and her daughter Rakaya

Smith, who travelled into Syria twice unhindered by Turkish border guards, has been held in Kurdish camps for eight months.

Last March the Taoiseach announced that Ireland would be repatriating all its ISIS members housed in Kurdish prisons and camps.

Despite this no moves have been made to repatriate ISIS members and according to Kurdish officials Ireland failed to request her repatriation.

ISIS women have been gathering money from supporters and family members overseas using apps like “Passport”.

Smith is believed to have been a member of a prominent group of international jihadists during her time in battle-scarred Raqqa.

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