Family of woman held in a terrorism inquiry speaks out
The Denver Post
LEADVILLE – A Leadville mother, detained in connection with a terrorist conspiracy to kill a Swedish cartoonist, was lonely in a new town and craved attention and new friendships, family members say.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31 – questioned in Ireland for several days before reportedly being released Saturday – found new friends online as she began corresponding with a group of Muslims including, her family says, Colleen R. LaRose, 46, known as “Jihad Jane,” and admitted terrorist conspirator and former DIA shuttle-bus driver Najibullah Zazi.
“She couldn’t do anything that would make people take notice,” said her stepfather, George Mott, 51, himself a Muslim for more than 40 years. “Then she became a Muslim.
* View slide show of images of Jamie Paulin-Ramirez.
Here was this blond, blue-eyed woman wearing a burqa. She knew everybody was going to want to know why.”
Though she never understood her new religion in any depth, she risked her future in support of extremist causes, Mott said.
Paulin-Ramirez was detained last week in Waterford, Ireland, with five others as part of an investigation into a plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. The artist had incited Muslims with his parody cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Irish police spokesman Tony Connaughton said Saturday that four people were released after talking with investigators while in custody.
The Associated Press reported that Paulin-Ramirez had been released, but Connaughton wouldn’t confirm that. Connaughton also wouldn’t say whether Paulin-Ramirez’s son, 6-year-old Christian Carreon, was with authorities.
Irish law allows people to be held for seven days without charges and does not require their names to be made public. If the public prosecutor finds cause, those released can be rearrested. Connaughton acknowledged that was unlikely in this case, because once released, the non-Irish nationals would probably leave the country.
Paulin-Ramirez’s mother, Christine Mott, and George Mott said their primary concern is for the welfare of Christian, who on Monday told his grandmother he has a sword and had recently learned how to fire a gun.
“She has put him in an environment that could get him killed,” Christine Mott said Saturday while sobbing uncontrollably. “He was being taught to shoot guns.”