Woman is mother of “Isis Boy” who made video threatening to “bring war to your land” when he was 10 years old. The Children are now in the custody of the Indiana Department of Children’s Services.
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August 23, 2018-An Elkhart, Indiana woman who was previously charged with lying to the FBI, has been charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIS and Aiding and Abetting Individual A and Individual B in Providing Material Support to ISIS. Samantha Elhassani who gained international fame when she claimed she was tricked into travelling to Syria from Hong Kong by her now deceased husband. Elhassani provided multiple media interviews prior to her extradition to the US. In interview with PBS Frontline, Elhassani said she thought the family was moving to Morocco when she left Indiana. Elhassani alleges that she was “like a prisoner” once she arrived in the middle east. At one point she recounted harrowing stories of child sex slaves being traded on the open market and admits to purchasing a 14 year old slave who was later sexually abused by her husband. Elhassani stated that she purchased the sex slave to try to save her from torture and abuse.
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U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “My office is committed to aggressively pursuing and prosecuting those who support designated terrorist organizations such as ISIS. This indictment is an example of that commitment. The indictment alleges that Elhassani travelled abroad and provided funds and supplies for use by two ISIS fighters. The seriousness of the charges reflect the gravity of Elhassani’s alleged conduct.”
“The charges against Ms. Elhassani illustrate that actions of providing support to ISIS have serious consequences, and should serve as a reminder to American citizens that providing assistance to terrorist organizations or individuals aligned with terrorist entities will not be tolerated,” said Grant Mendenhall, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.