Jury hears Somali terror funding tapes

Oct. 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Minnesota woman charged with raising money for a Somali terrorist group has agreed to stand when the judge enters and leaves the courtroom

Amina Farah Ali, 35, spent two nights in jail for contempt of court for failing to stand for the judge Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, she told U.S. District Judge Michael Davis she had changed her mind and would now stand, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported.

Jurors, who were not aware of Ali being held for contempt of court, heard tapes of phone calls Wednesday between Ali and co-defendant Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 64, discussing an alleged fundraising operation for the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The conversation was in Somali, so jurors followed along from English-language translations prepared by the FBI.

In one call, Hassan told Ali that Somalia's security minister and other officials had been killed in an al-Shabaab bombing. The newspaper reported Hassan called it "the best joy ever" and Ali replied "Wonderful!"

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