Jihad Jane Pleads Not Guilty; Jihad Jamie Released


NEW YORK TIMES: Wearing a green jumpsuit and her hair in cornrows, Ms. LaRose [pictured, above], of Pennsburg, Pa., appeared in court to face a four-count indictment, including charges of conspiring with jihadist fighters and pledging to commit murder in the name of a Muslim holy war. If convicted, she would face a possible life sentence in prison and a $1 million fine. Federal officials said Ms. LaRose, who is white and has blond hair and green eyes, boasted to other jihadists that she could go anywhere undetected. In August, she traveled to Sweden carrying the American passport of her companion, Kurt Gorman, which the authorities say she stole and planned to give to one of her co-conspirators in a plot to kill the artist, Lars Vilks. Last week, the investigation of the plot against Mr. Vilks spread to Ireland with the arrests in the southern city of Waterford of seven Muslims, five of whom were subsequently released. Two others, Ali Charaf Damache, from Algeria, and Abdul Salam al-Jahani, from Libya, were charged on Monday with relatively minor offenses. The authorities Jamie_ramirez_burka.jpgsaid Mr. Damache made a menacing telephone call, while Mr. Jahani was charged with an immigration offense. Both men were scheduled to appear in the Waterford court again on Friday, and lawyers connected with the case say they may face further charges, including conspiracy to murder. One of those released in Ireland was an American woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez [pictured, right], 31, from Leadville, Colo. A Muslim convert like Ms. LaRose, Ms. Paulin-Ramirez had been living in Waterford with Mr. Damache since last fall, according to lawyers in Waterford, and is several months pregnant. The lawyers said she left Waterford this week and moved into a Dublin hotel with her 6-year-old son from a previous marriage. Ms. Paulin-Ramirez has been meeting in Dublin with F.B.I. agents, who have urged her to return to the United States for questioning on her connections with Ms. LaRose, Mr. Damache and others in the investigation. MORE

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