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'Jihad Jane' friend faces US terrorism charges

Jamie Paulin Ramirez (file)
Jamie Paulin Ramirez voluntarily returned to the United States

A second US woman has been accused of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in the "Jihad Jane" case.

Jamie Paulin Ramirez was arrested in Philadelphia after flying back from Ireland and surrendering to police.

She is accused of travelling around Europe with Colleen LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane", "to participate in and in support of violent jihad".

They were allegedly involved in a plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad with a dog's body.

Ms Ramirez faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail if convicted.

'Training camp'

The 31-year-old voluntarily flew on Friday to Philadelphia, where she was arrested by agents from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Colleen LaRose
Colleen LaRose allegedly exchanged e-mails with Ms Ramirez in 2009

According to an indictment issued by the US justice department, Ms Ramirez exchanged e-mails with Ms LaRose during the summer of 2009, in which she was invited to attend a "training camp" in Europe.

Ms Ramirez is charged with accepting the invitation and asking if she could bring her six-year-old son with her.

Last September, she travelled to Europe with her child and on the day of their arrival, she married an unnamed co-conspirator whom she had known only from online discussions, the indictment alleges.

Her arrest was part of an international investigation into an alleged plot to kill the cartoonist, Lars Vilks, whose drawing of Muhammad caused protests by Muslims around the world in 2007.

Ms LaRose pleaded not guilty to all charges against her in a court in Philadelphia earlier this month, including conspiring to commit murder abroad, plotting to provide material support to terrorists, recruiting both male and female recruits to wage violent jihad, and fundraising.

If convicted, Ms LaRose could be sentenced to life in prison.



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