Irish court to sentence ex-soldier for joining IS in Syria

Dublin’s Special Criminal Court was on Friday expected to sentence former soldier Lisa Smith, who was found guilty of joining the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

The 40-year-old mother of one from Dundalk on Ireland’s east coast, was convicted in May of belonging to the terror group between October 28, 2015 and December 1, 2019.

She faces a maximum sentence of eight years for membership of a proscribed terrorist organisation. Her lawyer said Smith’s offence was at the lower end of the scale and has urged the judges to consider imposing a suspended sentence.