Illinois woman accused of aiding extremists appears in court

3 years 10 months 2 days ago Monday, February 09 2015 Feb 9, 2015 Monday, February 09, 2015 1:18:31 PM CST February 09, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney for a suburban Chicago woman accused of sending money and equipment to extremist groups in Syria says the mother of four isn't dangerous and should be released.

Thirty-four-year-old Mediha Medy Salkicevic (SAHL'-kay-vich) raised her fist and smiled at relatives when she appeared Monday in federal court in Chicago. She's among six Bosnian immigrants charged in the case.

A judge is considering whether to allow Salkicevic to travel on her own to St. Louis, where the case is being handled, or if she should be accompanied by U.S. marshals.

Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole noted the Bosnian-born Salkicevic could face a long prison sentence if convicted, saying "that's a powerful... mote to flee."

Defense attorney Andrea Gambino said there's no evidence Salkicevic is dangerous.

Salkicevic lives in Schiller Park.

 

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