Jury finds Rochester women guilty on all counts in terrorism case

A federal jury has convicted two women of aiding a terrorist group under the guise of charity. The women were the first to go to trial as part of a broad federal investigation into an alleged plot in Minnesota to recruit fighters and raise money for a militant group in Somalia.
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A federal jury has convicted two women of aiding a terrorist group under the guise of charity. The women were the first to go to trial as part of a broad federal investigation into an alleged plot in Minnesota to recruit fighters and raise money for a militant group in 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.