The case against the alleged St. Louis ISIS supporters

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Federal court records reveal FBI agents placed a pole camera near Chateau De Ville Drive in South St. Louis County.  They were watching the family townhome of a husband and wife and their three children.

Sedina Hodzic said, “Stay away from me,” as she walked outside of Federal Court.  She then scolded, “I would like to tell you that you`re very inappropriate.”

She and her husband Siki Hodzic along with at least four other defendants reportedly used code words on Facebook.

According to Federal Court records Siki Ramiz Hodzic told another defendant “snipers could do wonders (in Syria)” and said he watched a video of “ours in trenches and in warfare” saying “ours drowned five and slaughtered them” and that he “watched… a beheading.”

Another intercepted social media communication reportedly said “get a night vision optic with a built-in camera for $540.00” so if he “killed a person, he could record it.”

Sedina Hodzic`s attorney Paul D`Agrosa points out these are the government`s translations.  He said, “We all speak in colloquialisms.  We all have different phrasings and meanings so there`s sometimes literal translations, but there`s also interpretations of what those translations mean and what the people meant when they were speaking to each other.”

Court records show the money was moving overseas from St. Louis to reported terrorist Abdulla Ramo Pazara.  Pazara reportedly immigrated to the U.S. and settled in St. Louis until May of 2013, when he left to fight with ISIS.

The feds report intercepting his claim he “had just returned from a mission where they captured a large area, killed 11 individuals, captured one and added they intended to slaughter the prisoner the following day.”

The FBI says Pazara added, he was “making progress, with the Islamic state spreading every day.”

Pazara is thought to be dead.  Of the suspects in the U.S., two are free on bond, including mother of three, Sedina Hodzic, who`s represented by D`Agrosa.  He said, “Let`s wait and see what the evidence is.  She`s entitled by law to that presumption of innocence as we all are, so in spite of what people think they know about this case or what they what they believe about Muslims or the Muslim religion or to people who might be connected to those fighting over in the Middle East, let’s wait and see how that reflects on my client and what that means for her in a court of law.”

The head of the St. Louis Council on American-Islamic relations, Faizan Syed, echoed D’Agrosa’s comments.  He asked for people to be open minded and not make up their minds about issues or people at the drop of a hat.

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