MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who admitted he lied before a grand jury investigating why young Somali men were leaving Minnesota to join a terrorist group in their homeland has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Adarus Abdulle Ali pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of perjury. He admitted he lied when he said he didn’t know two men who had returned to Somalia to join al-Shabab.
Since 2007, more than 20 men have left Minnesota to join the al-Qaida-linked group.
Ali faced a maximum of five years in prison.
He’s among nine people being sentenced this week in the government’s long-running investigations into terror recruiting and financing. Two women convicted of sending money to al-Shabab are also being sentenced Thursday.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)