'Jihad Jane' denies cartoonist plot charges in US
AN American woman dubbed 'Jihad Jane' has denied involvement in the alleged Irish-linked plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist over a perceived insult to the prophet Mohammed.
Colleen LaRose (46) appeared in court in Philadelphia yesterday accused of conspiring to incite Jihadist fighters to commit murder in the name of an Islamic holy war.
US prosecutors claim Ms LaRose wanted to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks over his drawing which showed the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog.
The Pennsylvanian prosecutors allege Ms LaRose was in contact with co-conspirators on the internet.
She travelled to Ireland last year and posted an internet video in which she said she was "desperate to do something" for Islam and to ease the suffering of Muslims worldwide.
The Irish Independent revealed last week that Ms LaRose's movements were monitored throughout her entire two-week stay last year by elite garda surveillance teams.
Ms LaRose has been in custody since last October when she was detained on her return to the US from a trip to Europe.
The 46-year-old has vehemently denied all the US charges.
Her trial on May 3 in Philadelphia will be marked by tight security.