Somali Language At Issue In Terror Suspect Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Somali man accused of helping finance fighters for the terror group al-Shabab say they want their own interpreter.

The defense says 45-year-old Mahamud Said Omar is proficient in a language known as Af Maay, spoken in southern Somalia.

The primary language in Somalia is Af Maxaa.

While Omar speaks a little Af Maxaa and a little English, attorney Matt Forsgren says Omar doesn’t know enough of either for a case this serious.

Omar is charged in the recruitment of at least 21 men who authorities believe left Minnesota to join al-Shabab in Somalia.

The government opposes the request for an Af Maay interpreter because Omar already gave statements in Af Maxaa. Prosecutors say they have recordings of Omar fluently speaking the language.

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  • Kevin

    Hmmm…cut me another big ol slice of that diversity pie!!!

  • BS

    Just shoot him and you don’t have to translate

  • T.Dolan

    what a filthy culture of hideous muddy people

  • Mbougie

    I would like to see what he listed as his native language on his visa application. He is either lying to the court, or lied on his visa application, guaranteed. Either way this limb hanger is making a mockery of our court.

  • Guy

    This is why we need an “offical” English language.

    No more of this provide a translator in a billion different dialects spoken by only 2 people.

  • Sue J

    ship them all back!!! They stink!!

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