US Indicts Two for Conspiring With “Jihad Jane”

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials have unveiled indictments against two men accused of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists by helping the American terror suspect who dubbed herself “Jihad Jane.”

The U.S. Department of Justice says the two are Algerian national Ali Charaf Damache and Pakistani citizen Mohammad Hassan Khalid, who is a legal resident of the United States.

The Justice Department alleges that Damache recruited Khalid online to find women with passports to assist Colleen LaRose, or Jihad Jane, with a plot to to wage religious war in South Asia and Europe.

In a statement, the Justice Department said it plans to seek the extradition of Damache from Ireland, where he is detained on unrelated charges. If convicted, Damache faces up to 45 years in prison.

Khalid has been in U.S. custody since his arrest July 6 in the eastern U.S. state of Maryland. If convicted, he faces a potential sentence of 15 years.

LaRose pleaded guilty in February to taking a role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist , who outraged Muslims with a drawing of the prophet Mohammad. She has not been sentenced, but faces a possible life term in prison for conspiracy to support terrorists and lying to federal agents.

Another suspect, Jamie Ramirez, pleaded guilty in March to providing material support to terrorists.