Deliberations ongoing in Minn. terror funding case

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2011 6:36 PM
Deliberations ongoing in Minn. terror funding case

Jurors considering the case of two Minnesota women accused of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia have wrapped up their second full day of deliberations without a verdict.

Deliberations will resume Thursday in the case of 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali (ah-MEE'-nuh FEHR'-uh ah-LEE') and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan (HAH'-woh moh-HAH'-mehd hah-SAHN').

Prosecutors say they were part of a "deadly pipeline" that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.

Defense attorneys portray them as humanitarians who wanted to help the poor in their war-torn homeland and tried to aid those protecting Somalia.

The women are U.S. citizens of Somali descent. They're among 20 people charged in Minnesota in federal investigations into recruiting and financing for al-Shabab, considered a terror group with ties to al-Qaida.