Sedina Unkic Hodzic

Sedina Unkic Hodzic is a Bosnian immigrant to the U.S. and an alleged financier and facilitator for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, reportedly including the Nusra Front and ISIS.“Indictment,” United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, February 5, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-edmo/legacy/2015/02/06/terorism_indictment.pdf. In early February, Hodzic was arrested on one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count of providing material support to terrorists.“Indictment,” United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, February 5, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-edmo/legacy/2015/02/06/terorism_indictment.pdf.

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.“Indictment,” United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, February 5, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-edmo/legacy/2015/02/06/terorism_indictment.pdf. They allegedly collected and mailed supplies such as military uniforms, combat boots, firearms accessories, optical equipment, and other gear and supplies.“Indictment,” United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, February 5, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-edmo/legacy/2015/02/06/terorism_indictment.pdf.

Hodzic assisted her husband Ramiz Zijad Hodzic with the money transfers.Alan ScherZagier, “Bosnian Immigrants plead not guilty in terror financing case,” Yahoo News, February 11, 2015, http://news.yahoo.com/bosnians-reject-hatred-wake-terror-financing-case-060550317.html. They were reportedly successful in utilizing services such as Facebook, Western Union, PayPal, and the United States Postal Service to communicate with other individuals, transfer money, and ship materials.Associated Press, “Bosnian Immigrants Plead Not Guilty in Terror Financing Case,” New York Times, February 11, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/11/us/ap-us-islamic-state-missouri-charges.html?_r=0.

In February 2015, Sedina Unkic Hodzic pleaded not guilty in U.S. District court in St. Louis, Missouri.Alan ScherZagier, “Bosnian Immigrants plead not guilty in terror financing case,” Yahoo News, February 11, 2015, http://news.yahoo.com/bosnians-reject-hatred-wake-terror-financing-case-060550317.html. On November 10, 2020, she was sentenced to 48 months in prison for “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.”“Judge sentences St. Louis County woman for providing material support to terrorists,” U.S. Department of Justice, November 10, 2020, https://www.justice.gov/usao-edmo/pr/judge-sentences-st-louis-county-woman-providing-material-support-terrorists.

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