MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Opening statements are set to start in the trial of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia.

After a day and a half of questioning, a panel of 12 jurors and three alternates has been picked to hear the case against 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan, who were arrested last August.

The selected jury panel includes 12 women and three men. Opening statements are set for Tuesday afternoon.

A car bombing half a world away became an issue Tuesday morning in the jury selection, as the defendants are accused of sending $8,600 to al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization that took credit for a bombing in Mogadishu on Tuesday. The Associated Press says up to 70 people may have been killed at the Ministry of Education.

Attorneys representing the women told U.S. Chief Judge Michael Davis they’re concerned potential jurors may have heard of the bombing and could’ve been influenced.

Hassan’s attorney Tom Kelly said he heard and saw news of the bombing and ties to his court case on the radio and television.

“It was almost impossible to avoid,” he said.

After jurors walked in and sat down, Davis asked if they had heard of the bombing. One juror raised her hand. The woman met with Davis and attorneys for less than a minute then continued with jury selection.


Amina Farah Ali continues to not stand for judge and jury.

Tuesday morning, moments before Davis entered the courtroom, she asked her attorney Dan Scott questions about her arrest. He told her, “Every time you don’t stand, the judge adds five more days.”

Seconds later, Davis entered the courtroom. She stayed seated. On Monday, Ali stayed seated five times totaling 25 days in jail. On Tuesday morning she stayed seated at least three times, adding another 15 days to her jail time.

Ali cites religious reasons for not standing and says she will only stand “for Allah.”

Davis ordered Ali jailed and said when the trial starts she will not be allowed in the courtroom. Instead, she will have to monitor the case from another room on closed-circuit television.

Both women are charged with conspiracy, and Hassan is charged with three counts of lying to the FBI.

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Comments (13)
  1. Kevin says:

    They are both US citizens….this should be an act of treason! Back in the day…they would have a fireing squad waiting for them both…..

  2. jl says:

    Our governments giving them citizenship here and our tax dollars pay for it. Why is the government so blind? In MN we have the biggest population of them here. They sure love getting their WIC and food stamps here.

  3. poor excuses for human beings says:

    This makes me puke. What a waste of time and money. These people are the worst of the worst.

  4. LL says:

    Sooooo explain to me how STANDING has anything to do with religion??

  5. kp says:

    she can’t stand because— she collected money for the purpose of killing other people not caring if it is man, woman or child. You would think her community would speak out but they say nothing.

    1. HMMMMMMMM says:

      maybe they can’t talk???? Never known for brains if ya …… know what I mean

  6. King Trash says:

    And your comment isn’t filled with hate. Your really sick

    1. just sayin says:

      and YOUR really dumb.

      This arrogant pink taco needs to be shipped back.

  7. What a slime ball says:

    Your comment was just reported for the hateful rhetoric

  8. lasso and ... says:

    Guess mine will be too then…sad
    Behead them – they used to hang horse thieves. Treason and terrorism is a whole lot nastier.
    Or use a noose I guess ….. I got some heavy rope that we used at the barn few years back

  9. yeah says:

    Ship them back please.

  10. askin says:

    Please deport these low class sticky people.

  11. JailTime? says:

    We don’t want to see that Somali flag!

    Jail For Them

    Full article here. http://www.examiner.com/homeland-security-in-national/as-muslim-population-grows-what-can-happen-to-a-society

    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.

    This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for

    Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

    When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

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