MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Somali man accused of helping finance fighters for the terror group al-Shabab will be allowed to have his own court interpreter.

Attorneys for Mahamud Said Omar say their client speaks a different dialect of Somali and is entitled to an interpreter who speaks his native language.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis granted the request Friday.

Prosecutors had objected, saying Omar gave interviews in custody that show he was “perfectly fluent” in what’s often called the standard Somali dialect.

Omar was arrested in the Netherlands in 2009 and extradited to the United States in August. He faces five counts in the U.S. government’s investigation into the recruitment of at least 21 men who authorities believe left Minnesota to join al-Shabab in Somalia.

His family has said he is innocent.

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Comments (9)
  1. Guy says:

    This is why we need an “English is the Offical Language” constitutional ammendment.

    Then we don’t need to supply a billion different translators (what did HIS language translator cost)

    Learn English or go back where you came from.

    1. Todd W. Olson says:

      And in an instance where the prosecution needed the testimony of a non-English speaking witness? What then? Think these things through, would you?

      1. Guy says:

        Then they can hire their OWN interpreter … AND PAY FOR IT.

        OTOH – why would we NEED an interpreter if we had an English Language ammendment? The witness should speak English TOO.

  2. buggy says:

    Guy — Agree — you want to live/work here then learn the language — wouldn’t we have to do that if we went to a foreign country?

  3. me says:

    What do a Somali and a cue ball have in common?

  4. Kevin says:

    Namelees slime vent their hate…..like you homer???? Your ignorance abounds…….You “homer” are a typical liberal……when someone has a different view or does not agree with your statments and or thoughts…..you accuse them of being inbred….subhuman….unchristian puss….that shoudl be banished…they are a joke…..they vent hate……pure censorship is the answer for homer……

  5. Guy says:

    Who says I’m “christian” (or “unchristian” for that matter)?
    FYI – I’m agnostic – so why should I follow your ideology?

    And “Guy” IS my name dipwad – is “homer” yours … Mr SIMPSON?

  6. Kevin says:

    Deploy the drones over Cedar and Riverside…..interpreter required…..

  7. jjordan says:

    I agree…ENGLISH, ENGLISH, ENGISH…need we say more? Congress and the Government do not get it.

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