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.
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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.

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