Illinois woman accused of aiding extremists appears in court

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 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 it was a powerful motive to flee.

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

Salkicevic lives in Schiller Park.


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