UPDATE: Woman Sentenced for Role in Effort to Aid Terror Groups

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UPDATE: ST. LOUIS (WIFR) – A Bosnian immigrant who lived in Rockford is sentenced to three years in prison for giving money to ISIS and al-Qaida.

Jasminka Ramic pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis.

Ramic is among six Bosnian immigrants indicted in February for funneling money and military supplies to ISIS and al-Qaida in Iraq. The other suspects have pleaded not guilty.


UPDATE: ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Bosnian immigrant who used to live in Illinois has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for her role in an effort to support terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Jasminka Ramic pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in St. Louis to a role in a conspiracy to aid to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida in Iraq. Her sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

Ramic was among six Bosnian immigrants indicted in February and accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups. The other five have pleaded not guilty.

Ramic's attorney, J. Christian Goeke, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Ramic became a U.S. citizen in 2006. She formerly lived in Rockford, Illinois, but moved to Germany, where she was arrested.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An Illinois woman facing federal charges of funneling money and military supplies to extremist groups in Iraq and Syria has been arrested in Germany.

Online federal court records show that 42-year-old Jasminka Ramic of Rockford was arrested Tuesday and is awaiting extradition to the U.S.

No lawyer was listed for her.

She is one of six Bosnian immigrants living in Missouri, Illinois and New York charged with conspiring to provide material support to groups the U.S. deems terrorist organizations, including Islamic State and Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-affiliated rebel group. Each is now in federal custody.

On Wednesday, Ramiz Hodzic and his wife, Sedina Hodzic, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The woman accused of supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups worked for Rockford Public Schools, according to district HR records.

We're told Jasminka Ramic worked as a substitute nutrition services worker for District 205 from March 25, 2012 to April 23, 2012.

Ramic is one of six Bosnian immigrants charged with conspiring to provide and providing material support to groups designated by the U.S. as foreign terrorist organizations.


UPDATE (WIFR) -- Innocent until proven guilty. That's what one lawyer is reminding us about the six people, including a Rockford woman, accused of sending money to terrorists.

Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34, who is from the Chicago suburbs was in court on Saturday. She faces the same charges as Jasminka Ramic, 42, from Rockford. The women and four others were charged with providing material to support terrorists. That includes sending money and equipment to a man who joined ISIS two years ago.

Leaving court Saturday Salkicevic’s attorney didn't go as far as saying her client was innocent, but did say she deserves her day in court.

"Innocent until proven guilty means just that. An indictment is what the government thinks happened. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong. And this is a person's change to stand up and see the charges against them," Attorney Andrea Gambino, said.

The Rockford woman charged in this case, Jasminka Ramic, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford resident has been federally charged with conspiring to support ISIS.

According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, a federal indictment was unsealed earlier Friday charging six people with terrorist-related crimes. Those include Rockford resident 42-year-old Jasminka Ramic; St. Louis County, Missouri residents 40-year-old Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife 35-year-old Sedina Unkic Hodzic and 37-year-old Armin Harcevic; Utica, New York resident 26-year-old Nihad Rosic and Schiller Park, Illinois resident 34-year-old Mediha Medy Salkicevic. They are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and with providing material support to terrorists. Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Nihad Rosic are also charged with conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country.

All six people are natives of Bosnia who immigrated to the United States. Three had become naturalized citizens of the United States and the remaining three have either refugee or legal resident status.

Five of the defendants are in the United States and have been arrested. A sixth person is overseas. Ramiz Hodzic and Sedina Hodzic made their initial appearance before a judge in St. Louis early Friday evening.

If convicted, the crimes of conspiring to provide material support carry penalties ranging up to 15 years in prison for each count and/or fines up to $250,000.

For the full indictment, please click on the attached related document.



 
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