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CHICAGO (AP) _ One of six Bosnian immigrants accused of sending money and military equipment to rebel groups in Syria has appeared in federal court in Chicago.

Thirty-four-year-old Mediha Medy Salkicevic, of the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park, was arrested by the FBI on Friday. Like the other defendants, she’s chaged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists. She could face up to 15 years in prison on each charge if convicted.

Salkicevic spoke only to confirm that she understood the charges. The case will be tried in Missouri, where several other defendants were arrested.

A Monday bond hearing will determine whether Salkicevic travels there on her own or in custody.

Speaking to reporters afterward, attorney Andrea Gambino stressed that Salkicevic is innocent until proven guilty.

Court Sketches by Thomas Gianni