Rockford Woman Charged In Plot To Aid ISIS
A Rockford woman is among six people facing terrorism charges, accused of providing money and equipment to groups including ISIS.
Federal authorities say 42-year-old Jasminka Ramic, along with three Missouri residents, one New York resident, and another Illinois resident were attempting to aid Bosnian native Abdullah Ramo Pazara, who left St. Louis to join ISIS in Syria in May 2013. According to Reuters:
Members of the group conspired to provide money and equipment - including U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical gear, military surplus goods and firearms accessories - to be used to commit crimes outside the United States, according to the indictment released by Justice.
It said people in Turkey and Saudi Arabia acted as third-party intermediaries who received the money and property from the defendants in the United States and transferred it to militants fighting with groups in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
The other suspects have been identified as Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, all of St. Louis County, Missouri; Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, New York; Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34 of Schiller Park, Illinois. All are Bosnian natives living legally in the country. NBC Chicago is reporting Ramic's status is a legal permanent resident of the U.S.
All were charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and with providing material support to terrorists. Authorities say five have been arrested but a sixth is overseas. Officials did not identify which suspect still is at large.
Two of those arrested, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Nihad Rosic, also were accused of conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country, the department said.
According to NBC News, the defendants could face up to 15 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine if convicted. Hodzic and Rosic could be sentenced to up to life in prison if found guilty.