MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One day after a jury convicted three Minneapolis men of trying to join ISIS and commit murder, community activists are speaking out about the issue.
After a month of testimony and 12 hours of deliberation, the federal jury convicted Abdirahman Daud, Mohamed Farah and Guled Omar of the most serious charges they faced.
On Saturday, community advocate Omar Jamal called upon Somali community leaders to respond to the guilty verdicts. He said it’s important for everyone in the community to come together and talk about the issue so this doesn’t happen again.
“To do speaking engagements, educational sessions, talking to them, bringing to their attention how serious this situation is given what happened yesterday,” Jamal said. “Three young men were convicted of a very serious crime. So the community have to understand the level of risk that we are facing.”
Sentencing for the three men will come at a later date. They face up to life in prison.