Allowing a Muslim woman to remain seated when a federal judge enters a courtroom is a path to chaos and violence, a federal prosecutor warns in new legal documents. On Sept. 18, a judge will hear arguments on what he should do about Amina Farah Ali's refusal to stand during a trial last year. The Rochester woman was convicted of raising money for the terror group al-Shabaab in her native Somalia.
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A Minneapolis federal judge reinstated charges against a woman who refused to stand in court because of her religious beliefs. Amina Farah Ali was cited for contempt 20 times while she stood trial last year. Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan were convicted for providing financial support to the terrorist group Al-Shabab. Tuesday's ruling affects 19 of those charges but the judge dropped the previously imposed jail time. The two have not been sentenced.
Defendant in terrorism trial arrested for refusing to stand for judge
A Rochester woman on trial for allegedly funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia is now under arrest for refusing to stand at her trial. Her attorney told the judge, "she does not rise for persons when she does not rise for the prophet."
Judge orders defendant in Somali terror case back to jail
Omer Abdi Mohamed, 27, of Minneapolis, is alleged to have been a key part of an effort to recruit locals to return to Somalia to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabaab, although friends say he has done nothing wrong – and that in fact, he is a role model for young people. But a judge on Wednesday said he needs to be put back in jail, the Pioneer Press reports. He had been free awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty last year to a terrorism-related charge.
Woman convicted of fundraising for terror group to appeal contempt conviction
A Minnesota woman convicted of funneling money to a Somali terror group is appealing her contempt of court ruling. During the trial, a judge held Amina Ali in contempt because she refused to stand when the judge entered the courtroom.
Woman connected with terror group moved to another jail
Amina Farah Ali has been transferred from the Sherburne County Jail to Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul. Ali is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of funneling money to a Somali terror group
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