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Jihad Jane Sidekick Charged in US Terror Plot

A second woman has been charged with conspiracy in the alleged “Jihad Jane” plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilk.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 4/4/2010, 12:14 PM / Last Update: 4/6/2010, 11:35 AM

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A second American woman, 31-year-old Jamie Paulin Ramirez, has been charged with conspiracy in the alleged “Jihad Jane” plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilk. The artist's caricature of the founder of Islam, Mohammed, sparked protests and violent riots by Muslims around the world in 2007.

Ramirez turned herself in to the FBI at Philadelphia airport after flying in to the United States from Ireland, where she had been released by police on similar charges hours earlier.

The suspect, a resident of Colorado, was charged with conspiring with 46-year-old Colleen LaRose, also an American citizen, known in online forums as “Jihad Jane,” to murder Lars Vilks. LaRose pleaded not guilty in a Philadelphia court last month on charges of recruiting Islamist terrorists.

She allegedly recruited Ramirez in August 2009 through the Internet, inviting her to join her group at a location in Europe at a spot “like a training camp as well as a home.” The purpose, she said, was to “participate in and [act] in support of violent jihad.”

Ramirez was alleged by US officials to be a traveling companion to LaRose and having left the country in September with her six-year-old son. The charges include conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

LaRose faces life in prison if convicted on the charges, as well as a one million dollar fine. Ramirez, who also was alleged to have married an unnamed co-conspirator on the day she arrived at “terror training camp,” could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.