Ireland 'Please can you just get me home' - Lisa Smith will talk to anyone to clear her name, says family spokesperson
Isil bride Smith will be questioned by Turks before she is allowed to fly home
Isil bride Lisa Smith is expected to be questioned by Turkish authorities before she can be repatriated to Ireland with the help of special forces. A highly trained team from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) has been deployed in the past week to assist the operation which is being led by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
ISIL bride Lisa Smith is “willing to testify, to talk to anyone to clear her name”, according to Dundalk Councillor Peter Fitzpatrick, who says she is desperate to get home.
Cllr Fitzpatrick, acting as a spokesperson for Lisa Smith’s family, said that they have no problem with her being investigated upon arrival home and that Ms Smith’s mother will mind her daughter while it is conducted.
Plans to repatriate the 38-year-old former soldier and her daughter are to be debated by the Cabinet, with the stipulation that she is investigated likely in the event that she is allowed back to her native Dundalk.
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Smith, 38, is now believed to be reluctant to return to Ireland as she may face charges and will be unable to travel overseas .The former Aer Corps member and naturalised Irish citizen Alexandr Bekmirzaev claim to have met the family in ISIS terror capital Raqqa. © ITV Lisa Smith had appeared on ITV on a video posted online in which she claimed to be British The father, who came to Ireland after facing pressure in his native country, has Irish citizenship.He previously told locals he “wanted to live a more Islamic life” but is tight-lipped over his movements between 2014 and 2017.
Gardaí are completing a substantial file on the Isil sympathiser and and she is expected to be arrested the moment she steps foot bacl on Irish ground.
Ms Smith’s family welcomed this investigation hoping for a quick return as "there’s a two year old daughter involved."
"The decision at the moment is, there’s a two year old daughter involved here and the family is very concerned about the daughter and the grandchild," Cllr Fitzpatrick said on behalf of the Smith family.
"The mother has said that if and when Lisa comes home she will be investigated by the gardaí, and they have no problem whatsoever with that.
"The mother said she will look after the child until everything is cleared up. The family do believe that Lisa is innocent of all charges and as far as when she comes home, they have no problem whatsoever that she will be investigated.
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"She has been in contact with the family over the last number of weeks. She has no phone anymore. She’s using a friends phone to contact the family and she’s just asked the family, ‘please can you just get me home?’"
Despite photos emerging of Ms Smith posing with guns, speaking on LMFM, the Independent Councillor said that Ms Smith, who formally worked on the Government Jet as a member of the Air Corps, denies all claims of involvement in ISIS.
"I don’t know whether she’s guilty, or whether she’s innocent but she has been an Irish citizen, herself and her child, and all she wants is a chance to come home and explain exactly what happened," he said.
"She has a baby daughter. In 2019 she was captured and detained by the US forces in Northern Syria, she has denied being a member of Isis, she says she’s not guilty, she says she never owned a gun.
"She wants to come home to her country, she wants to come home to Dundalk and she’s willing to testify, to talk to anyone to clear her name."
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Ms Smith’s family’s plea comes as Turkey has begun repatriating fighters back to their home countries.
The former Irish Defence Force soldier is likely to fly home directly from Istanbul on a commercial plane with her daughter probably within the next 12 days.
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