Woman gets 20 years for sending money to al-Shabab
by Amy Forliti, Associated Press
May 16, 2013 04:45 PM | 696 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Supporters of two Somali women scheduled to be sentenced for helping a terrorist group gather outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Minneapolis. The two women being sentenced went door-to-door in the name of charity to collect money for the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, )
Supporters of two Somali women scheduled to be sentenced for helping a terrorist group gather outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Minneapolis. The two women being sentenced went door-to-door in the name of charity to collect money for the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, )
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman convicted of conspiring to send money to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia is sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Amina Farah Ali was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on 13 terror-related counts. Each count held a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Authorities say Ali and her co-defendant, Hawo Mohamed Hassan, went door-to-door raising money in the name of charity, but routed the funds to al-Shabab. Their attorneys say the women are humanitarians who gave money to orphans, as well as to a group working to push foreign troops out of Somalia.

Hassan is also being sentenced on Thursday. They are among nine people sentenced this week in the long-running federal investigations into terror recruiting and financing for al-Shabab.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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