'Absolutely gigantic' amount of disclosure in trial of Lisa Smith

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'Absolutely Gigantic' Amount Of Disclosure In Trial Of Lisa Smith
Lisa Smith is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism. Photo: PA Images.
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Paul Neilan

The Special Criminal Court has been told that there is an “absolutely gigantic” amount of disclosure ahead of the trial of former Irish Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who is charged with membership of the Islamic State terrorist group and with financing terrorism.

The case was briefly mentioned on Wednesday at the three-judge, non-jury court, where Ms Smith was not required to be in attendance.

Her barrister, Michael O'Higgins SC, said that the “very large disclosure” of information from the prosecution in a “variety” of different formats made it difficult to download and print out. “It's absolutely gigantic,” said Mr O'Higgins.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, fixed the case for Monday, November 1st, for a hearing regarding video-link evidence from international witnesses. Ms Smith, who is on bail, is also excused from the next sitting of the court.

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Ms Smith (39), from Dundalk, Co Louth is due to go on trial on January 11th, 2022. Her trial is expected to last 12 weeks.

She is charged with an offence contrary to the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 for being a member of unlawful terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) between October 28th, 2015 and December 1st, 2019.

She is also charged under the same legislation for financing terrorism by sending €800 in assistance, via a Western Union money transfer, to a named man on May 6th, 2015.

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