Rochester Woman Sentenced to 20 Years For Helping Terrorist Group

Posted at: 05/16/2013 4:31 PM

Minneapolis, MN - (AP) - A Rochester woman convicted of conspiring to send money to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia has been 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.

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