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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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.
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In closing arguments Monday, defense attorneys said the two women were humanitarians who raised money for a group they believed was defending their homeland. One attorney said his client started raising money before the U.S. declared al-Shabab a terrorist group. Prosecutors say that's no defense and that the women knew the group was plotting a takeover.
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.
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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.
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The Associated Press reports the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out 19 of the 20 contempt-of-court citations against one of the Rochester women convicted of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia. The three-judge panel sent the case back to Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis for further proceedings.
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Prosecutors are basing their case on more than 80 phone calls, during which the two women from Rochester allegedly discussed funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia. The two are accused of being part of a pipeline that sent money and fighters to al-Shabab.
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