Thursday, March 21, 2019

Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty in Terror Case; St. Louis Couple Still Facing Charges

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 6:15 PM

Mediha Medy Salkicevic pleaded guilty in St. Louis to a terrorism charge.
  • Mediha Medy Salkicevic pleaded guilty in St. Louis to a terrorism charge.

An Illinois woman is the latest to plead guilty to a federal terrorism charge in a case that includes three co-defendants from St. Louis.

Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 38, of the Chicago suburb Schiller Park, admitted on Wednesday to supporting a suspected terrorist fighter, who also lived for a time in St. Louis. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office say she was part of a small group of Bosnian immigrants in St. Louis, Illinois and New York who bought tactical gear from surplus stores and sent it overseas along with money and other supplies to fighters.

The six defendants were key backers for Abdullah Ramo Pazara, also a Bosnian immigrant who lived in St. Louis before traveling in 2013 to Syria to join the Islamic State, authorities say. They were indicted in February 2015, and the case has been handled at the federal court in St. Louis.

Salkicevic is the third of the defendants to plead guilty. A husband and wife from St. Louis, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Sedina Unkic Hodzic, have pleaded not guilty.

The Hodzics are believed to have befriended Pazara while he was living in St. Louis and kept in touch through Facebook as he bragged about victories and killing enemies.

Another St. Louis man, Armin Harcevic, pleaded guilty in February to providing material support for terrorists.

Salkicevic had previously written a letter to the U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry, begging her to consider the brutalities she and her family endured during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s. She described the slaughter of her brother before she landed as a refugee in the United States.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office say Salkicevic and her co-defendants used coded language on Facebook as they worked to support Pazara and other foreign terrorists. Along with sending money and supplies, they solicited money and help from others, authorities say.

Salkicevic faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She is scheduled to be sentence on June 18.

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