St. Louisans plead not guilty to aiding ISIS

ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- A husband and wife accused of funneling money and supplies to ISIS made their first appearance before a judge on Wednesday.

The couple are among six suspects accused of sending military uniforms, combat boots, tactical gear, firearms accessories and thousands of dollars in cash to terrorists overseas. Prosecutors say the money and supplies were funneled through Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the suspects' native country, Bosnia.

No cameras were allowed in federal court, but those in a 17th floor court room Wednesday saw 40-year-old Ramiz Hodzic and his 35-year-old wife Sedina Hodzic appear separately before a judge.

Both pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Ramiz Hodzic is also charged with kill or maim persons in a foreign country, which carries the most severe punishment of up to life in prison.

Attorneys say much of the evidence, collected from Facebook and phone calls, is in the Bosnian language and needs to be translated for defense attorneys.

"Some of the evidence is classified, which means it cannot be turned over directly to the defense," said defense attorney, Paul D'Agrosa. "It has to be declassified. If it's not declassified, the court has to review it first. It's very, very complicated."

Preparation just to start the trial could take the rest of the year. That's why Sedina's attorney will argue next week that she should be allowed out on bond to be with her three children, which are aged 20 months to 16 years old.

Sedina's attorney says she was also upset that she was not allowed to wear her religious head covering. He says she was denied that request for security reasons.

There is a third suspect from St. Louis County in this case; he was arrested in California.


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