An Algerian-born Irish citizen awaiting trial in Pennsylvania for supporting terrorism is expected to change his plea to guilty.
Per The Irish Times:
Ali Charaf Damache (53), a dual Irish and Algerian citizen, was extradited to the United States last year and while none of the plans US prosecutors accused him of resulted in attacks, authorities said he was in direct contact with Islamist militants in Pakistan and recruited two American women to help him.
US District Court Judge Petrese Tucker in Philadelphia on Thursday scheduled a change of plea hearing for Monday in the case, which is often a precursor to a guilty plea. Damache was extradited from Spain and is jailed in Philadelphia while awaiting trial or resolution of his case.
Damache’s lawyer Noah Gorson could not be reached for comment on Thursday’s court filing by the judge.
Damache, who pleaded not guilty last year to a US charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, was jailed in Ireland in 2010, and successfully fought extradition to the United States. After his release in Ireland, he travelled to Spain, where he was detained in 2015 and Spanish authorities agreed to US requests to extradite him.
The two American women Damache recruited, Colleen LaRose and Jamie Pauline Ramirez, received 10 and eight-year prison sentences, respectively.
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