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'Isis bride' accused Lisa Smith wins UK legal battle on decision to exclude her from entering North

Ryan Nugent

FORMER Irish soldier Lisa Smith, who travelled to Syria during the civil war,  has won a legal battle in a London Court against the decision to exclude her from entering the UK.

Ms Smith, who is charged with membership of Islamic State had challenged a UK Home Office ban on her crossing the Border into the North.

She had argued she is entitled to hold a British passport and should be allowed to travel freely within the UK, including to Northern Ireland to visit her paternal family.

Ms Smith’s solicitor Darragh Mackin said:

“Today’s ruling is hugely significant for the upholding of basic human rights principles which include the right to be free from discrimination. The decision to exclude our client was discriminatory and contrary to the basic principles underpinning the Good Friday Agreement.

“As an Irish citizen who resides in a border town, it was always asserted that to restrict her from travelling across the border was unlawful and could not be stood over. We warmly welcome the Court’s determination today which will now reinstate our client’s basic rights to travel to the North of Ireland at her convenience.”

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