ISIS bride Lisa Smith granted bail and set to be released

ISIS bride Lisa Smith granted bail and set to be released

IRISH ISIS bride Lisa Smith has been granted bail and will be released from prison today.

Two previous requests for bail were rejected with the 37-year-old remanded in custody ahead of a court appearance on January 8, 2020.

However, Mr Justice Eagar overturned those decisions, arguing that while the charges Ms Smith faces are very serious, she is entitled to the presumption of innocence and, with it, bail.

Under the terms of Ms Smith’s bail, the Louth woman will be required to sign in at a Garda station twice a day and remain indoors from 8pm onwards every day.

She will also be prohibited from accessing the internet and any social media.

According to the Irish Mirror, Ms Smith's charge sheet reads:

"That you the said Lisa Marie Smith between October, 28 2015 and December 1, 2019, both dates inclusive, outside the State, did commit an act which if committed in the State would constitute an offence under Section 21 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939, as amended by Section 5 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005, in that you were a member of a terrorist group which is an unlawful organisation, to wit an organisation 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."

A former Defence Forces employee, Ms Smith converted to Islam in 2016 before travelling to Syria to join up IS forces.

She later wound up in a a detention camp for ISIS affiliates in Syria along with her two-year-old daughter before fleeing to Turkey.

She arrived back on Irish soil on December 1 and was immediately taken into custody where she was questions for three days.

Ms Smith was charged with being a member of the IS terror group – a charge she denies.

She claims to have moved to Syria to follow the teachings of the Koran.