MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Two Somali women living in Rochester, Minn., were convicted of conspiring to provide monetary funds to the terrorist group al-Shabaab in their homeland.
Prosecutors said from September 2008 through July 2009, Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan sent money to al-Shabaab, knowing it is considered a terrorist group, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
"The verdict reaffirms the principle that everyone who lives within our borders has to obey our laws," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen said. "These two defendants made a conscious choice to violate U.S. laws by sending money to an organization that they knew was a terrorist organization. And today, they were held accountable for that choice."
When asked if she had anything to say after the verdict was read Thursday, Ali said: "I am very happy. I'm going to the heaven no matter. ... Also, you guys go to the hell. We know God. We know justice. And also I'm very sorry for the one who doesn't know God and who puts the injustice [on the people]."
Hassan stayed silent.
More than 100 supporters waited in the Minneapolis federal courthouse to hear the verdict.
Dahir Jibreel, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, who was in attendance, said he had faith in the U.S. justice system and did not want to second guess the verdict.
"You know there was quite a focus on the Somali community here including the disappearance of young youth," he said. "The case was the most high-profile prosecution against connections to al-Shabaab. Because of those things, I am concerned."
The two women, who face a maximum of 15 years in prison for each terrorism count, will be sentenced in December.