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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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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