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2 Rochester women sentenced in Somali terror case

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 47) -- Two Rochester women convicted of conspiring to send money to the terrorist group al-Shabaab in Somalia learned their fate in federal court.

Hawo Mohamed Hassan was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison on one terror-related count and two counts of lying to the FBI.  Her co-defendant Amina Farah Ali was also sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison on 13 terrorism-related counts.

Authorities say Hassan and Ali went door-to-door claming to collect money for charity. Instead, the two women are accused of sending the funds to al-Shabaab. But their attorneys say the women are humanitarians who gave money to orphans.

Hassan and Ali are among nine people sentenced this week in the long-running federal investigations into terrorism recruiting and financing for al-Shabaab.


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