Minn. man pleads not guilty in Somali terror probe

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2009 12:09 PM

A Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to terror-related charges in connection with the disappearances of as many as 20 young men who left the Twin Cities to fight with terrorists in Somalia.

Omer Abdi Mohamed entered his plea Tuesday during an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. He is among 14 men charged in the long-running federal investigation.

He was indicted last week on counts of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim or injure.

Mohamed is released on bond. His attorney, Peter Wold, says Mohamed has absolutely no connection with terrorists. A trial date has not been set.