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."
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Woman convicted in terror plot refuses to leave jail cell
One of two Rochester women convicted in a scheme to funnel cash to terrorists in Somalia is refusing to leave her jail cell. Amina Farah Ali says her religion requires her to wear a head covering in public, but Sherburne County Jail prohibits it.
All rise? Muslim defendant who won't stand for judge at center of case
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.
Judge reinstates contempt charges for woman convicted in Somali terror case
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.
Closing arguments in terrorism trial to start this morning
The trial could soon be over for two Rochester women accused of funneling money to a known terrorist group in Somalia. The federal government says the two are part of a pipeline that sends cash and new recruits to Al-Shabab. The women say they were raising money for charity.
Rochester women go to trial on terrorism support charges
Trial starts Monday for two Rochester women accused of providing support to a Somali terrorist group. Prosecutors says Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan are part of a pipeline that funneled money to the rebel group al-Shabab. They are charged with raising money to help the group recruit young men to fight in Somalia.
Woman convicted in terrorism trial: 'You are all going to hell'
One of two Rochester women convicted of aiding terrorists had more than a few words for the judge and court. A federal jury found the women guilty of funneling cash to a militant group in Somalia under the guise of charity.
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.
Defense: Prosecutors played only fraction of calls in terrorism case
A defense attorney for one of two Rochester women accused of funneling money to terrorists in Somalia claims the prosecution is cherry-picking evidence to bolster its case.
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