'Jihad Jane' accomplice pleads guilty to terror conspiracy

Posted: March 09, 2011

A woman indicted last year as an accomplice in the "Jihad Jane" case pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid terrorists yesterday in federal district court.

U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker did not set sentencing for Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, who appeared in court wearing a black hijab, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women.

The government's plea memo said Paulin-Ramirez and co-defendant Colleen LaRose, a/k/a "Jihad Jane" and "Fatima LaRose," began communicating via e-mail in August 2009 after LaRose had moved to Europe and invited Paulin-Ramirez to join her and attend a jihadist training camp.

Paulin-Ramirez, who was living in Leadville, Colo., and working as a $31,000-a-year medical assistant, accepted LaRose's offer and asked if she could bring her 6-year-old son with her.

LaRose, of Pennsburg, Bucks County, pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to aid terrorists, conspiracy to murder in a foreign country and related offenses in connection with a plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks.

Paulin-Ramirez was not charged with plotting to kill Vilks.

Vilks had angered Muslims around the world in 2007 when he depicted a dog with the head of the prophet Muhammad.

Authorities said that Paulin-Ramirez flew to Ireland on Sept. 12, 2009, intent on "living and training with jihadists."

The next day, the feds said she married a conspirator, reportedly an Algerian-born Muslim and Irish citizen named Sharif Damache.

The feds said Paulin-Ramirez knew her presence in Ireland, the marriage and future actions would support the conspiracy.

Irish authorities arrested Damache, Paulin-Ramirez and five others in March 2010 in connection with the plot to kill Vilks. She was not charged and later released.

She voluntarily left Ireland on April 2 and flew back to Philadelphia where she was arrested upon arrival.

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