By George Stephens • 02 December 2019 • 17:46
A former member of the Irish army who became a Islamic State bride in Syria has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences as she arrived back in Ireland.
Lisa Smith, 38, once worked for the Irish defence forces.
Ms Smith had been living with her two-year-old daughter in a Syrian refugee camp – she is being cared for by her family in Ireland while her mother is questioned at a Dublin police station.
She was deported from Turkey and put on the first scheduled Turkish Airlines flight to Ireland, which landed at the Irish capital’s airport shortly before 10.30am on Sunday.
She was met by counter-terrorism police officers who have been investigating her activities and can be questioned for up to 72 hours under terrorism detention rules.
Irish police said: “Today, Sunday 1st December 2019, at Dublin Airport, An Garda Siochana has arrested an Irish Citizen (38 year old female) on suspicion of terrorist offences following her deportation from Turkey.
“She is currently being detained at a South Dublin Garda station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 as amended.
“A child, also an Irish citizen, was in the company of the female and is now being cared for by relatives.”
Ms Smith has totally denied being involved in violence.
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