ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis resident will make his first Minnesota court appearance on charges he helped recruit about 20 young men to travel to Somalia and fight with the terror group al-Shabab.

A U.S. District Court clerk says Friday’s hearing for Mohamud Said Omar was rescheduled to Monday afternoon in St. Paul. He had been in custody in the Netherlands since 2009 and was extradited to face U.S. charges.

The 45-year-old Omar is accused of giving travel money to some of the young Somali men who left Minneapolis to fight in Somalia in 2007 and 2008. A Minnesota law professor helping represent Omar says he is mentally ill and does not understand the charges against him.

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Comments (4)
  1. jim says:

    I call B.S. on being mentally Ill and not understanding what he was doing.

    1. the crux of the biscuit says:

      He’s a Moo-slum. Of course he’s mentally ill

  2. Jim's Brother says:

    He’s not a terrorist or mentally ill. I bet he thought he was trying to send money to help with the famine that is happen in Somalia, and the rest were going as aid volunteers. He is a victim of this Scandinavian male dominated society.

  3. markH says:

    Actually, terrorism is the method used by those who hold inflexible ideological ideas. What we actually have here is a religious extremist of the Muslim persuasion who just happens to be so indoctrinated into his religious ideas that violence (as mandates by the Q’uran and hadith) is his desperate attempt to stifle opposing views. You will likely never hear the words “religion” or “Islam” being used in connection with the violence in Somalia, Afghanistan, or even Iraq. Instead you will be fed euphemisms like “sectarian violence” and other such nonsense. Once we identify our real enemy here (which is religious certainty and religious absolutism) then perhaps we can make some progress in this “war on terror” bologna. Unfortunately, to do so would necessarily require those of other religious identifications to actually examine the tenants of their own religous faith and ideas and that is a frightening proposition for those who already claim to be certain. Peace.

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