Judge Won’t Dismiss Rochester Women’s Terror Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge won’t dismiss the indictment against two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis says in a written opinion that Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan are charged with knowingly providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

He says providing material support is conduct — not protected speech.

Attorneys for the women argued their clients were charged under an unconstitutional statute, and asked that the case be dismissed.

Davis says when the case goes to trial, the women may argue they didn’t know money they raised was meant for al-Shabab. The women claim they are innocent and were raising money for the poor in Somalia.

Trial is scheduled for October.

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  • pat

    These women are on welfare themselves and say they are raising money for the poor of Somalia? Give me a break, they are just terrorist thugs who laugh at using American dollars to help murder Americans.

    • blaine

      honestly, I though it would be jewesses or white females of some sort. White women always bash their own culture – which gives them such special dispensation – because bashing the culture means more goodies for them. Then, predictably, should they ever find themselves the targets of terrorist activities, they instinctively want the same culture/society they deride to protect them. Truthfully, I thought these would be white females since bashing the west is fashionably chic and we all know how (white) women love fashionable causes.

  • Rico Suave

    Correction: She’s not a Rochester woman, she’s a Somalian. Let’s just get that straight. We need to disown the trash that comes here to take advantage of all this country has to offer, then plots to kill us. We ought to convict her then deport her. Life in Somalia has got to be more miserable than our worst prison.

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