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Ali Charaf Damache

Ali Charaf Damache

Ali Charaf Damache: wanted by the US authorities

Ali Charaf Damache: wanted by the US authorities

Ali Charaf Damache: denies making threats

Ali Charaf Damache: denies making threats

Cartoonist death plot...PLEASE NOTE THE FACE OF THE GARDA OFFICER HAS BEEN BLURRED BY THE PRESS ASSOCIATIONPreviously unissued photo dated 13/03/10 of Algerian national Ali Charafe Damache as he arrivives at an earlier hearing at Waterford District Court and who was tonight charged in connection with an alleged plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 15, 2010. Algerian Ali Charafe Damache and Abdul-Salam Mansour Al-Jehani from Libya were brought before a special late night court sitting in the Irish Republic.Damache was charged with sending a menacing text message while Al-Jehani was charged with an immigration offence. The men were arrested last week over an international conspiracy to kill Lars Vilks, whose controversial depictions of the Muslim prophet were printed in a newspaper in Sweden in 2007.See PA story IRISH Vilks. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire ...A

Cartoonist death plot...PLEASE NOTE THE FACE OF THE GARDA OFFICER HAS BEEN BLURRED BY THE PRESS ASSOCIATIONPreviously unissued photo dated 13/03/10 of Algerian national Ali Charafe Damache as he arrivives at an earlier hearing at Waterford District Court and who was tonight charged in connection with an alleged plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 15, 2010. Algerian Ali Charafe Damache and Abdul-Salam Mansour Al-Jehani from Libya were brought before a special late night court sitting in the Irish Republic.Damache was charged with sending a menacing text message while Al-Jehani was charged with an immigration offence. The men were arrested last week over an international conspiracy to kill Lars Vilks, whose controversial depictions of the Muslim prophet were printed in a newspaper in Sweden in 2007.See PA story IRISH Vilks. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire ...A

Ali Charaf Damache

Ali Charaf Damache

Ali Charaf Damache (Left)

Ali Charaf Damache (Left)

Ali Charafe Damache has lived in Ireland for more than 10 years

Ali Charafe Damache has lived in Ireland for more than 10 years

Ali Charaf Damache, leaving court after after he won his High Court battle against extradition to the United States where he is wanted to face charges relating to international terrorism
Pic: Courtpix

Ali Charaf Damache, leaving court after after he won his High Court battle against extradition to the United States where he is wanted to face charges relating to international terrorism Pic: Courtpix

Ali Charaf Damache, leaving court yesterday after after he won his high court battle against extradition to the United States where he is wanted to face charges relating to international terrorism. Pic: Courtpix

Ali Charaf Damache, leaving court yesterday after after he won his high court battle against extradition to the United States where he is wanted to face charges relating to international terrorism. Pic: Courtpix

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Ali Charaf Damache

An Algerian man accused of recruiting an American woman known as "Jihad Jane" in 2009 and who originally pleaded not guilty to a U.S. charge of supporting terrorism, is expected to change his plea to guilty, a court filing has shown.

Ali Charaf Damache, 53, a dual Irish and Algerian citizen, was extradited to the United States last year and while none of the plans U.S. prosecutors accused him of resulted in attacks, authorities said he was in direct contact with Islamist militants in Pakistan and recruited two American women to help him.

U.S. District Court Judge Petrese Tucker in Philadelphia on Thursday scheduled a change of plea hearing for Monday in the case, which is often a precursor to a guilty plea. Damache was extradited from Spain and is jailed in Philadelphia while awaiting trial or resolution of his case.

Damache's lawyer Noah Gorson could not be reached for comment on the court filing by the judge.

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Ali Charaf Damache: wanted by the US authorities

Ali Charaf Damache: wanted by the US authorities

Ali Charaf Damache: wanted by the US authorities

Damache, who pleaded not guilty last year to a U.S. charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, was jailed in Ireland in 2010, and successfully fought extradition to the United States. After his release in Ireland, he travelled to Spain, where he was detained in 2015 and Spanish authorities agreed to U.S. requests to extradite him.

The indictment said that in 2009 Damache lured to Ireland a suburban Philadelphia woman named Colleen LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane" online.

LaRose pleaded guilty in 2011 to participating in a failed plot with Damache to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had offended some Muslims by depicting the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on a dog.

In 2014, a U.S. judge sentenced LaRose to 10 years in prison.

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Ali Charaf Damache: denies making threats

Ali Charaf Damache: denies making threats

Ali Charaf Damache: denies making threats

LaRose told Reuters in a 2012 interview that she was attracted to Damache by his promise to teach her how to live as a Muslim wife and support others in violent jihad. But she said that after moving to Ireland to live with him, she became disillusioned by his lack of follow-through, and allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to buy her a ticket to return to the United States.

The other U.S. woman who joined Damache in Ireland, Jamie Pauline Ramirez of Leadville, Colorado, served an eight-year sentence on a terrorism charge.

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