The Latest: Protests for guilty verdicts in IS trial

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 5:11 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the convictions of three Minnesota men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Relatives and supporters of three Minnesota men convicted of seeking to join the Islamic State group in Syria are upset about the verdicts.

Guled Omar, Abdirahman Daud (Ahb-DEER'-ah-mahn Dah-OOD') and Mohamed Farah were convicted of multiple charges including conspiracy to commit murder abroad, and could face life in prison.

Supporters of the men held an impromptu news conference Friday outside the federal courthouse. The Star Tribune reported that some cried, and others were silent. Some held signs reading "Stop FBI Entrapment" and "Stop Targeting Somalis." The government's case depended heavily on tape recordings by a paid informant.

Sadik Warfa, a spokesman for families of some of the men, said they were grieving and had gone home. He said they believe their sons are innocent and will appeal.

Daud's attorney, Bruce Nestor, declined to comment, saying he was focused on preparing for sentencing. Attorneys for Oma and Farah didn't immediately return phone calls.

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2:20 p.m.

Minnesota's top federal prosecutor says the convictions of three men accused of trying to join the Islamic State in Syria should be a wake-up call on the need to stop terror recruiting.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says in a statement that Guled Omar, Abdirahman Daud (Ahb-DEER'-ah-mahn Dah-OOD') and Mohamed Farah made "a deeply personal and deliberate decision" to try to join the Islamic State. All three were convicted by a jury Friday of assorted charges, including conspiracy to commit murder overseas.

That charge carries a potential life prison sentence. The men will be sentenced later.

Supporters of the three men argued that they were entrapped, citing the government's use of a paid FBI informant in building its case.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said the FBI doesn't induce people to break laws, but will use any means possible to arrest those who would harm others.

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2 p.m.

The three Minnesota men found guilty of conspiring to join the Islamic State showed little emotion upon hearing the verdicts, even though they now face life in prison.

The men were convicted Friday on a variety of charges, the most serious of which was conspiracy to commit murder overseas. That's the charge that carries a possible life sentence.

Twenty-one-year-old Guled Ali Omar, 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud (Ahb-DEER'-ah-mahn YAH'-sin Dah-OOD') and 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah will be sentenced at a later date.

Though the three men were stoic, at least two people sitting in a row reserved for family left the courtroom in tears after the verdict was read.

The men were convicted after a three-week trial and jury deliberations over three days.

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1:40 p.m

Three Minnesota men accused of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group have been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder overseas.

Twenty-one-year-old Guled Ali Omar, 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud (Ahb-DEER'-ah-mahn YAH'-sin Dah-OOD') and 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah were convicted of the most serious charges on Friday.

Conspiracy to commit murder overseas carries the possibility of life in prison.

The three are among 10 young men accused in the conspiracy. Six have pleaded guilty and a seventh is believed to be in Syria.

Prosecutors built their case largely on recordings made by a friend of the men who became a paid informant. Defense attorneys argued that comments on the records were youthful bluster, and family and friends have protested what they call entrapment.