A former Irish soldier has been convicted of plotting to assassinate a member of the Islamic State.
Lisa Smith, from Dundalk in Co Louth, was convicted by a judge at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.
Smith wiped the tears from her eyes as the verdict was read out by Mr Justice Tony Hunt.
The 40-year-old was not found guilty of a second charge of attempting to finance the terrorist organization.
The judge told the court that it could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Smith’s intentions when sending € 800 to a so-called Islamic State member were not charitable or humanitarian.
Smith left the Irish army after converting to Islam in 2011 and later traveled to IS-controlled territory in Syria.
There, after an earlier marriage ended, she married Sajid Aslam, a Briton whom the court told him had “done a sniper course on her advice”.
Smith had a daughter, born in June 2017, before returning to Ireland in December 2019 following the collapse of the Islamic State.
She was arrested at Dublin Airport and charged with terrorist offenses.
The court was told that Smith “had sought to gain access to IS-controlled territory and sought the means by which this could be done”.
Sean Gillane SC, for the prosecution, said Smith “inscribed on the reciprocity of allegiance and protection, and in that sense included herself in the standard or black flag of the Islamic State”.
It was the case of the prosecutor that the “making of hijra” (emigration) in this specific context is “a central act of loyalty to this proto-state” and an “act without which the terrorist group can not survive”. .
“It is the lifeblood of the Islamic State,” Mr Gillane said.
Smith is sentenced on July 11.
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