Minn. Women Face Joint Trial On Terror Charges
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A federal judge says he won’t hold separate trials for two Minnesota woman accused of sending money to the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis says 34-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan will face trial together. The Rochester women are both charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
They pleaded not guilty.
Their attorneys made several arguments for separate trials. Among them, Hassan’s attorney said he intended to call Ali as a witness to show Hassan didn’t know money was going to al-Shabab.
Davis disagreed. In a Wednesday order, he says it’s not necessary for a defendant to know all the details of a conspiracy in order to be convicted. The trial is set for Oct. 3.
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