Man Who Obstructed Somali Probe Reports To Prison

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who lied to FBI agents investigating the travels of young men who may have joined a terror group in Somalia has reported to federal prison to serve his sentence.

Twenty-seven-year-old Abdow Munye Abdow is at the low security prison in Sandstone. He was sentenced in July to four months in prison and four months’ home confinement. His attorney, Earl Gray, had asked that he serve the home confinement first because his wife was expecting.

Documents made public Thursday show Abdow reported to authorities Jan. 3.

Abdow is the first person sentenced in the government’s investigation into the men who left Minnesota to possibly fight with al-Shabab.

Abdow pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after lying about a cross-country trip he took with four men, including one on a terror watch list.

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