Woman pleads guilty to perjury in Somali terror case

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A 23-year-old woman faces up to five years in prison after admitting she lied to a grand jury four years ago during an investigation into several young Minneapolis men being recruited to join a terrorist group in Somalia.

The Associated Press reports Saynab Hussein pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of perjury.

Hussein not only said she lied about not knowing who raised money for men to go overseas, but also raised money herself, the Associated Press said.

For the past several years, federal agents have been investigating and prosecuting Minnesota’s terror pipeline. As many as 20 Somali-American men between the ages of 17 and 27 have left their homes in Minneapolis to fight for al-Shabab.

Hussein, a Roosevelt High School graduate who is pregnant and studying nursing at Metro State University, is the 21st person charged in the U.S. government's investigation.

Defense attorney John Lundquist, told the Star Tribune that Hussein was just 19 years old when she appeared before the grand jury and was naive and terrified.

A sentencing date has not been set.

The newspaper said although Hussein is a permanent resident of the United States, she could be deported.

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