Ramiz Zijad Hodzic

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Ramiz Zijad Hodzic
Born 1975 (age 42–43)
Bosnia
Nationality joint Bosnian and United States citizenship
Other names
  • Ramiz Hodzic
Known for Alleged to have sent funds to finance terrorists in Syria

Ramiz Zijad Hodzic is a joint citizen of Bosnia and the United States who American intelligence officials alleged had supported terrorism.[1][2][3][4][5] On February 6, 2015 American law enforcement officials then charged Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and four other Bosnian-Americans who were described as conspiring to fund the combat activities of Abdullah Ramo Pazara.[6][7] American officials described Pazara as a fighter for forces that practiced terrorism. The Hodzic spouses are alleged to have taken funds sent to them from the other four individuals, and to have transferred them to Pazara.

Medy Salkicevic is alleged to have been the first alleged conspirator to count on the Hodzics to forward funds.[4] Officials allege the Hodzics transferred approximately $10,000.[5]

One of Hodzic's alleged co-conspirators, Jasminka Ramic, acknowledged transferring $700 in 2013, that she knew would be financing Pazara's combat activities, and she pled guilty. Hodzic and the other four alleged conspirators pled not guilty, and in April 2017 they filed a motion calling for their charges to be dropped, claiming Pazara was a lawful combatant.[8] They claimed that he fought against the Bashir al-Assad regime with militia forces supported by the United States.

In addition to transferring funds, the Hodzics sent combat boots, uniforms, sniper scopes, and other military kit.[5] American intelligence officials claimed they had intercepted communications about images Hodzic sent Salkicevic, of sniper scopes he was shipping to Pazara.[3]

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References

  1. Seamus Hughes. "Abdullah Ramo Pazara: Overview". George Washington University Program on Extremism. Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20170930084201/https://www.counterextremism.com/extremists/abdullah-ramo-pazara. Retrieved 2017-09-29. "NBC News quoted unnamed “authorities” in stating that Pazara may have been killed in 2014. Pazara’s activities are well-documented in the indictment of six other Bosnian-Americans who were charged with providing material support to terrorists and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists." 
  2. "Feds Charge 6 With Terrorism-Related Crimes Involving Links to ISIS". NBC News. 2015-02-07. Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20170930131328/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/feds-charge-6-terrorism-relaAted-crimes-involving-links-isis-n301961. Retrieved 2017-09-29. "Prosecutors say Pazara communicated through Facebook and other social media with the six people charged." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Samantha Masunaga (2015-02-08). "6 Bosnian immigrants indicted in alleged overseas terror financing ring". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20170930131450/http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-terror-arrest-20150208-story.html. Retrieved 2017-09-29. "Hodzic told Salkicevic he would send her pictures of the packages as soon as they reached the Middle East. Salkicevic then got a photo showing two long rifle scopes, which Hodzic said would go on a sniper rifle." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Seamus Hughes, Bennett Clifford (2017-05-17). "First He Became an American—Then He Joined ISIS". Atlantic magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20170930174738/https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/05/first-he-became-an-americanthen-he-joined-isis/527622/. Retrieved 2017-09-29. "To uncover Abdullah Ramo Pazara’s story, we spent months tracking down the fragments of Pazara’s life from around the world—U.S. federal court documents in the Eastern District of Missouri, reports of military records from a Serbian nationalist paramilitary formation, truckers’ licenses from the state of Michigan, media accounts, Facebook posts from a villa in Azaz, Syria." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Seamus Hughes (Academic) (2017). "Ramiz Zijad Hodzic: Profile". Counter Extremism Project. https://www.counterextremism.com/extremists/ramiz-zijad-hodzic. Retrieved 2017-10-01. "Along with five others, Hodzic allegedly collected and transferred money to now-deceased foreign fighter Abdullah Ramo Pazara, as well as other fighters in Syria and Iraq.* They allegedly collected and mailed supplies such as military uniforms, combat boots, firearms accessories, optical equipment, and other gear and supplies." 
  6. Sean Muserallo (2015-02-06). "UPDATE: Rockford resident charged with providing support to ISIS". WREX (Rockford, Illinois). http://www.wrex.com/story/28048731/2015/02/Friday/rockford-native-charged-with-providing-support-to-terrorists. Retrieved 2017-10-01. "The indictment also states Ramic transferred $300 via Western Union to an alleged co-conspirator in St. Louis in September 2013. The federal complaint states that money eventually was transferred overseas to support Abdullah Pazara and others fighting with foreign terrorist organizations. It states she also sent $250 using the same method in November 2013." 
  7. Chuck Goudie (2015-02-06). "Feds charge 2 suburban Chicagoans in ISIS plot". ABC Chicago (Chicago). https://news.google.com/news/story/dHDIZ0Zscap704MGisxpZMgBx-_MM?hl=en. Retrieved 2017-10-01. "The two local terror suspects are identified as: Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34 of Schiller Park, Illinois; and Jasminka Ramic, 42, of Rockford, Illinois." 
  8. "UPDATE: Woman Sentenced for Role in Effort to Aid Terror Groups". 23WIFR. 2017-01-05. Archived from the original on 2017-03-04. https://web.archive.org/web/20170304040328/http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Rockford-Resident-Charged-with-Conspiring-to-Support-Terrorists-291123351.html. Retrieved 2017-10-01. "Ramic is among six Bosnian immigrants indicted in February for funneling money and military supplies to ISIS and al-Qaida in Iraq. The other suspects have pleaded not guilty." 

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