Islamic State bride Lisa Smith kept in solitary confinement for 20 hours a day in Ireland
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Irish terror suspect Lisa Smith is forced to stay in her prison cell for 20 hours a day – and may not be let out to see her young daughter this Christmas.
The former soldier was charged with ISIS membership by Irish authorities earlier this month and is currently being held in a segregation wing at Limerick Prison.
She will know in a few days’ time if she will be allowed out to see her family, the Irish Daily Mirror reported.
The 38-year-old denies the allegations and claimed she went to live in the declared Islamic State to follow the teachings of the Koran.
She is also understood to be wearing her black traditional abaya robe while in her cell and spends her time reading, according to a source.
Smith once accompanied an ex-president and leader of Ireland on foreign trips as a member of the Irish Defence Forces but went to the war-torn Syria in 2015 after converting to Islam and becoming radicalised.
“She’s locked up for 20 hours a day and only allowed out for four hours, to use the exercise yard or gym and the like.
“Prison staff are trying to facilitate her as best they can and it’s hoped that eventually she will be less restricted.
“There is a prayer room in the jail but she appears to use her cell most or the time. When she leaves her cell she has her full robe on.”
She is entitled to apply to have visitors over the festive season but a decision is not likely to be known until days before.
The source added: “Smith, just like any other prisoner, is entitled to request visit time from her family. She will no doubt want to see her little girl in particular.
“She may not find out until a few days before whether she will be allowed the visit on Christmas Eve.”
And the source said that Christmas behind bars can be a very bleak time.
They added: “Contrary to what most people might think, Christmas time is horrible when it comes to visits from family and friends.
“You would imagine that most people would be delighted to see their loved ones but if anything they end up killing each other.
“If anything the inmates go mad if they aren’t brought presents they like or contraband they were hoping would get them through the festive season.
“Any inmate that uses drugs will be off their head for the whole Christmas, it gets them through the few days.”
And when it comes to Christmas dinner , Ms Smith will be offered a halal option.
The source said: “The prison service are good in offering a variety of options to those with dietary requirements, whether it be for allergy, ethical or religious reasons.
“Smith will be given a three-course halal option.