Closing Arguments Wrapped In Minn. Terror Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jurors heard closing arguments in the terror trial of two Somali-American women from Rochester on Monday and now, the case is in their hands.

Amina Ali and Hawo Hassan are accused of raising and sending more than $8,000 dollars to a terror group in Somalia.

The women say the money was going to help orphans and the families of soldiers.

The biggest weapon prosecutors have are hours of taped conversations in which the two women can be heard talking to al-Shabab members and urging that donations be small so they can be concealed more easily.

Outside federal court, supporters of the woman gathered. They say these women were merely sending money to orphans and the poor in Somalia.

“These women were doing kind work, charitable work humanitarian work, helping the orphans,” supporter Abdi Nasir said.

Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan were indicted in August 2010 on charges of conspiracy and aiding a terrorist organization.

Hassan is also accused of lying to federal investigators. During a court appearance after the indictment, Ali told reporters, “We are not terrorist. We are Muslim. Muslim, not terrorists.”

At the start of this trial, Chief Judge Michael Davis ordered Amina Ali jailed because she refused to stand when the judge and jury entered the courtroom.

After two days, Ali changed her mind — she and Hassan remain free pending the jury’s verdict.

The phone calls are the core of the government’s case. In one of the calls Amina Ali said, “Let’s forget about the other charities. How about the Jihad?”

Supporters insist the women are not terrorists and that their case is being followed closely back home.

“There was a protest in Somalia. There was a protest right here in Minnesota and we are showing our support for these two great women,” supporter Abdi Nasir said.

If convicted on all counts, Hassan faces a maximum of 39 years and Ali, who is accused of actually sending the money, faces 180 years.

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  • I'm Just Sayin'

    Send her to Somalia to face the people she hurt the most. Why do we have to pay for her crimes there? Let her pay their punishment for the crimes she committed there. I will kick in the first donation to pay her one way airfare.

    • Yep


      BTW – where is the article on Amy Senser getting the 4 month reprieve on the Civil trial. Money gonna let her walk away on it all???? Okay – she’s buddies with Rosen and Esme crowd so they won’t allow to much to taint the Sensers…..fricken makes me SICK

      • I'm Just Sayin'

        This woman in the picture raised money to support people that are killing other people, based on her religious beliefs. Ms. Sensor on the other had was driving on a ramp where no car should be stopped and one unfortunate young man was standing next to his car putting gas in it. One is a deliberate act to kill others, completely against our laws and values. The latter is a person that left the scene of an accident, also against the law that may or may not have been able to save that persons life, IF she even knew she hit a person. For you to try to compare a person that raised money used to intentionally kill 75 college students to a person that may have made a mistake or lef teh scene intentionally is so beyond reasonable, it only shows you already are against Ms. Sensor and apparently supportive of this admitted terrorist. I hope the feds are pulling up your IP address and watching you, like they should be.

    • Jackie Du Charme

      I agree. Send her back to Somalia. If she is not a us citizen we have no reason to keep her here. That would save us some money.

      • jackactionhero

        Learn to read. She is a US Citizen.

  • Send them all off

    Terrorists get #1 priority.
    The Senser’s will get #1 Free Ride

    Isn’t America great when you have some cash !!!!

  • Kevin

    This is Treason. She is now an American citizen. She needs to be placed against a wall and shot by fireing squad…..

    • Indeed


      And Amy Senser commited murder too and fled. So line her up there too and let the firing begin

      • jackactionhero

        Wrong. What Amy Senser did does not qualify as murder. At least get a clue about that which you speak. It’s embarrassing when you say such stupid things.

        • K

          God there are so many morons on here…..This somali pos performed acts of treason…..she needs to be shot…..who cares about senser you pinhead! What the fu*k does a case of treaseon have to do with senser……Good God go back to your mothers teet and let the grown ups view their opion….

    • swift justice

      I agree, I’ll pay the $.20 for a bullet

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  • Rags

    I wish she’d wear the full-bag burka. Do us all a favor.

  • roger

    I`d like to knock that stupid frigg thing off her head with a 30/06 round! Opps, I was a bit low sorry my bad.

  • jackactionhero

    Remove this woman’s head. She must pay for her crimes with her life. Unacceptable.

  • kp

    She knew what she was doing and now she can pay the price. Lock her up and leave her there for years.

  • bill

    lets send all of them back and get them off my-ss they are bleeding the us dri if thy send money thy get to much free stuff has to learn english

  • oNiSaC

    I agree, if these women are citizens of the United States they are commiting treason by sending money to support an enemy of America. Make no mistake terrorists are at war with non-Muslims world wide. They are well schooled, motivated, committed, funded, and have a clear goal which is to dominate the world by any means neccessary.

    If the courts and legislators continue to appease jihadists our nation will not survive this assult on non-Muslims they call Jihad.

  • red

    Wow she’s hot

    • me

      Either you are being sarcastic or are REALLY hard up & pathetic … which is it?

  • Pity not

    ya know sumptin’ dey all stink to high heaven too. Nasty odor …. diet I imagine. Or do they realize here we have water and things called showers? hmmmmmmm

    And Amy Senser will walk away and the poor man’s body is in the ground. America is one helluva grand country eh !!! ;-)

  • Rags

    Prison time at hard labor with mandatory pork sausages every day.

    • Jackie Du Charme

      LOL. I couldn’t even stand pork sausage every day. Don’t like that kind of pork myself. LOL

  • Mike Jacobson

    I’m sure the jury will decide the proper verdict….looking forward to hearing it. I don’t understand how someone facing 39 and 180 years is roaming around our city, free as a bird. What are the chances they’re allowing these two to haul butt back to Somalia? If they skip, some heads better roll.

  • Richard Head

    I just realized today that I have never seen any Somali walking the streets of New Prague. Kinda nice, even if I don’t live there.
    You folks should take a trip to one of the Somali malls here. One on 24th ave. and Elliott, and another just north of Lake st on Pillsbury. That’ll get your blood pressure up. Especially on a Friday around 1:00, prayer day.

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  • dana

    Give them both the max. Two less on the streets.

    • jackactionhero

      The max? Why should they get shelter and food from us? Why are they not beheaded?

  • Tarzan

    Cheeta lives!

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