Leadville woman indicted in ‘Jihad Jane’ case
The Denver Post
A Leadville woman has been indicted in a terrorist conspiracy and is in custody in Philadelphia, federal authorities say.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez was named in an indictment unsealed this afternoon in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Colleen R. LaRose, aka “Fatima LaRose,” aka “JihadJane,” a resident of Pennsylvania, has also been indicted in the case.
The indictment charges that LaRose and Ramirez traveled to and around Europe to participate in and in support of violent jihad, according to a news release.
Paulin-Ramirez had originally been held last month with five others as part of an investigation into a plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who drew a sketch in 2007 depicting the head of Muhammad on a dog’s body, provoking al-Qaeda in Iraq to put a $100,000 bounty on his life.
“She is going to have to face whatever is coming to her,” said her mother, Christina Mott, of Leadville. “Where my daughter got lost I don’t know. I wish to God someone will wake her up.”
Mott said her primary concern is for the welfare of her grandson, 6-year-old Christian “Huey” Carreon, who she said is in the custody of child welfare authorities in Philadelphia.
“He needs to be back here,” she said, sobbing. “He needs to be in school. He needs to play ball. He needs to be a kid.”
According to the superseding indictment, Ramirez exchanged e-mail messages with LaRose during the summer of 2009, in which LaRose invited Ramirez to join her in Europe to attend a “training camp.”
Ramirez is charged with accepting the invitation and asking to bring along her minor son. On Sept. 12, Ramirez traveled to Europe with her son with the intent to live and train with jihadists.
The day she arrived in Europe, the indictment alleges, Ramirez married an unindicted co-conspirator whom she had never before met in person.
Ramirez, who is several months pregnant, is reportedly married to the alleged leader of the plot, Algerian Ali Charaf Damache, 45, who remains in custody along with a Libyan man, Salam al-Jahani, 32.
She faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Ramirez was arrested this afternoon in Philadelphia after voluntarily flying to the United States from abroad.
LaRose was arrested in Pennsylvania and remains in custody.
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