Former ISIS member and ex Irish soldier, Lisa Smith, has walked free from prison after serving just a year of a 15-month sentence for joining one of the world’s most notorious terrorist organisations.
The Sunday World reports that:
The former soldier left Limerick Prison on Wednesday afternoon where she was collected by a family member, having served her time.
All prisoners are entitled to 25 per cent remission and the Dundalk woman had been described as a model prisoner while at the prison’s women’s wing.
Speaking to the Sunday World before she into prison last year she rejected calls made by former jihadist that she “free herself from the psychological mental prison of Islam”, saying: “That’s not going to happen, no! I love my religion, it’s what I live for now.
At her trial, Judge Tony Hunt said that Smith had travelled to Syria “with her eyes open” and pledged allegiance to ISIS – and that she had shown no remorse for her actions.
Smith’s 15 month sentence was previously described as a “disgrace” in this opinion piece by Fatima Gunning who listed 5 reasons why she believed that to be the case.
“Unlike Shamima Begum in the UK who was just 15 when she joined the terrorist organisation, Smith was a grown woman and in no way ignorant of the nature of war and conflict,” Gunning wrote.
“The maximum possible sentence for joining an illegal organisation in Ireland is 8 years.”
“This is the very Islamic State terrorist group who are responsible for countless acts of wanton barbarism including the targeting for annihilation of the Yazidi people,” she said.