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A cartoon by Swedish artist Lars Vilks offended many Muslims

A cartoon by Swedish artist Lars Vilks offended many Muslims

A cartoon by Swedish artist Lars Vilks offended many Muslims

An American woman arrested in Ireland in connection with the alleged "Jihad Jane" plot to murder a controversial cartoonist has been charged with terror-related offences in the US.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31, originally from Colorado, was among seven men and women detained in the Republic after an investigation into a conspiracy to kill Lars Vilks, whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog were printed in a Swedish newspaper in 2007.

She was released without charge last month but was arrested by anti-terrorism agents after flying back to the US.

The plot to assassinate Mr Vilks was allegedly masterminded by a self-styled "Jihad Jane", Pennsylvania caretaker Colleen LaRose.

US prosecutors claim LaRose, 46, and Paulin-Ramirez separately travelled to Europe to support violent holy war.

Court papers suggest once LaRose was in Europe, she invited the other woman to join her to attend a "training camp".

According to the prosecutors, Paulin-Ramirez accepted the invitation and travelled to Europe with her six-year-old son last September. On the day of her arrival, she allegedly married a co-conspirator who she had known only from online discussions.

Her husband, Algerian Ali Charafe Damache, was also one of the seven people arrested during last month's raids in the south east of Ireland.

He was refused bail after being charged with an unrelated offence of sending a message by phone to a third party, which was of menacing character, on January 9. The 41-year-old, of John Collins House, High Street, Waterford, was remanded in custody and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

The Irish raids were carried out by anti-terrorist units acting on intelligence from the CIA, FBI and European agencies.

PA Media