Illinois Woman Appears in Court on Charges of Providing Material Support to Terrorists
ST. LOUIS, MO—JASMINKA RAMIC of Rockford, Illinois, was arrested in Germany and extradited to the United States to face charges. She appeared in federal court earlier today in St. Louis for an initial appearance. She is set for an arraignment/detention hearing Monday, March 23, 2015. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced the indictment February 6 upon the arrests of the other five defendants on terrorist related crimes. Charged in the indictment are: Ramic, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and Armin Harcevic, all of St. Louis County, Missouri; Nihad Rosic of Utica, New York; and Mediha Medy Salkicevic of Schiller Park, Illinois. All defendants 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.
If convicted, the crimes of conspiring to provide material support carry penalties ranging up to 15 years’ imprisonment for each count and/or fines up to $250,000. The crime of conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country carries a penalty of up to life in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.
This case was investigated by the St. Louis FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Postal Inspection Service, St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments, with assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Drake, Howard Marcus and Kenneth Tihen of the Eastern District of Missouri and Mara Kohn, a Trial Attorney in the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice.
As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.