Md. man indicted as adult

'Jihad Jane' figure now 18

Posted: October 21, 2011

A HIGH-SCHOOL honors student from Maryland helped the American terror suspect dubbed "Jihad Jane" plot to kill a Swedish artist and used the Internet to raise money and recruits for overseas terrorists, federal prosecutors charged in an indictment yesterday.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a legal immigrant from Pakistan, had been the rare juvenile in federal custody until he turned 18 last month. The FBI arrested him July 6 at his family's home in Ellicott City, near Baltimore.

According to the indictment, Khalid tried to recruit men to wage jihad, or a violent holy war, in Europe and South Asia, and women who had passports to travel through Europe. He had met Colleen LaRose, 48 of Pennsburg, Pa., who had dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" in YouTube videos, in an online chat room when he was about 15, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors also charged Ali Charaf Damache, 46, an Algerian detained in Ireland, with conspiracy to aid terrorists and other charges. He had married another American suspect in the case, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, the day she arrived in Ireland in 2009.

Khalid's lawyer, Jeffrey M. Lindy, said he was disappointed the government decided to charge Khalid as an adult. He vowed to fight the charges.

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