Defense: Fraction Of Calls Played In Minn. Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A defense attorney for one of two women accused of funneling money to al-Shabab in Somalia showed how prosecutors cherry-picked a fraction of conversations from hundreds of hours of wiretaps.

During cross-examination of a government witness in the case against Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, Ali’s attorney Dan Scott noted that in one recording, jurors heard only 41 seconds of a 20-minute call.

Some local Somalis watching the trial say that’s unfair and doesn’t show what the women were doing. The women claim they raised money for charity.

Both are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali faces 12 counts of providing such support, while Hassan faces two counts of lying to the FBI — a third count against Hassan was dropped.

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  • jschau

    If you want to live in a fourth world country move back to where you came from.

  • DUH

    Of course they will pick out certain parts of the conversation. They will pick out the parts that are relevant to the case. Who cares what else she spewed out in the other 19 minutes.

  • pib

    Anyone could “cherry pick” any of my conversations and find not ONE on sending money to terror groups.

    • Mr. Always Right

      well said

  • Kevin

    This is an act of Treason. If found guilty they need to put her back to a wall, bring out the firing squad, and resolve this issue. Welcome to Minnesomalia……

  • Dann P

    Thank you CBS / ‘CCO … For trying to convince me of your tolerance and sympathy for terrorists… Done, and done.

    This is one of the reasons I no longer WATCH your leftist anti-American propaganda. Thank you for updating my file on you.

    Of course they were raising money for a charity… But here in the USA we don’t consider terrorist organizations CHARITY!

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