FOX NEWS PHILADELPHIA – A U.S. teen from Pakistan is in secret custody, accused of helping recruit terrorists for the woman known as "Jihad Jane," a person close to the boy's family said Friday. Charges filed last month accuse the 17-year-old from Baltimore Maryland of helping Colleen LaRose, the Philadelphia-area woman known as Jihad Jane, in her alleged efforts to incite an Islamic holy war. Prosecutors have said LaRose was a convert to Islam who wrote of being driven by an urge to help suffering Muslims.
The boy is 17 but was 15 when he conspired with Colleen LaRose of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, to solicit money and recruits for a jihad, according to documents and sources. His case is sealed in U.S. District Court in Philadephia. The high school graduate had accepted a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, according to the person. He is instead in custody at a youth facility. He could be moved to an adult prison -- and have his case moved to adult court -- when he turns 18 next month.
His family emigrated from Pakistan four years ago, and relatives say the boy - Mohammed K., of Ellicott City, Md. - was headed to Johns Hopkins University on a full scholarship this fall. They also say he was questioned by the FBI, without a parent or lawyer present, at least eight times.
According to both sources, he met LaRose in a chat room when he was about 15 and later agreed to help her raise money and recruits for the jihadist cause. LaRose, 48, had dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" in a YouTube video that caught the FBI's attention in 2009.
She faces a possible life term after pleading guilty to four federal charges, including conspiracy to murder a foreign target and lying to the FBI. LaRose, an elder caretaker in small-town Pennsylvania, cultivated a shadow life online and agreed to move to Ireland and try to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims.
No sentencing date has been set in her case while the investigation continues. The teen is referenced as a co-conspirator in her case. Mohammed's arrest came six months after LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane" on websites, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, including providing a U.S. passport, and lying to FBI agents about it. A coconspirator, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Leadville, Colo., pleaded guilty to providing material aid to terrorists.
The only people publicly charged in the United States are Colleen LaRose and Ramirez. The other alleged coconspirators - including Mohammed and the Irish suspects - are cited in the LaRose indictment only by geographic location, numbers, and "CC," the code for coconspirator. In the public document, sources said Mohammed is "CC#4, a resident of the United States."
The indictment alleges that in July 2009, when Mohammed was 15, he posted "an online solicitation for funds to support terrorism on behalf of defendant Colleen R. LaRose, a.k.a. Fatima LaRose, a.k.a. Jihad Jane."
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"I write this message on behalf of a respected sister," Mohammed allegedly wrote. "The sister has been in touch with a brother [who] appealed for urgent funds stating that his resources are limited. The sister has provide me proofs that have confirmed that the brother is . . . true. . . . I know the sister and by Allah all money will be transferred to her. The sister will then transfer the money to the brother. . . ."
The LaRose indictment also alleges that Mohammed forwarded her a questionnaire "in which [he] asked another woman about her beliefs and intentions with regard to jihad." At the end of the questionnaire, prosecutors said, Mohammed wrote: "The reason why I am not providing much information as to why I am asking the above-mentioned information is due to security. . . . Also, if you have any contacts to other sisters (only the ones whom you extremely trust. . .!!!), please forward this message to them." Mohammed and LaRose met in a jihadist Internet chat room, sources said.
Samir Khan's Radical English Language Islamist Websites Promote Violent Jihad, Case In Point Colleen Larose aka “Jihad Jane”, Najibullah Zazi, Maj. Nidal Hasan, Sharif Mobley and Omar Hammami.
For nearly a year, a middle-aged woman from suburban Philadelphia used her computer to fashion a new, frightening identity, federal court documents say. The stream of Internet messages in which she sought assistance to wage violent jihad in Asia and Europe literally transformed her, the documents allege, from 46-year-old Colleen LaRose aka “Jihad Jane.”
Samir Khan, a radical blogger previously resident in Charlotte North Carolina but now in Yemen. In July 2010, it emerged that he was the suspected driving force behind Inspire magazine, a new online publication by al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula that included do-it-yourself bomb-making instructions, threats against U.S. citizens and a clarion call for volunteers for jihad.
According to counterterrorism officials, Khan first became radicalized while he was living in New York, during which time he attended several islamic thinkers Society (ITS) meetings. Khan, according to the officials, also had links to the leaders of Revolution Muslim website (RM). Illustrating the web of links between radical extremists across the United States, in September 2009 Khan introduced Zachary Chesser as a new contributor to Jihad Recollections, one of the blogs he authored in North Carolina. Colleen LaRose aka “Jihad Jane” posted on Revolution Muslim websites (RM).
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