Somali twins admit UK terror fundraising

AP News
Posted: Jul 31, 2012 1:01 PM
Somali twins admit UK terror fundraising

LONDON (AP) — Two Somali identical twins living in London have pleaded guilty to raising funds to support terrorism in their war-torn homeland.

The 25-year-old brothers, Mohammed Shabir Ali and Mohammed Shafiq Ali, accepted a plea-bargain deal Tuesday and will be sentenced Wednesday.

They were originally charged with assisting others to commit acts of terror abroad and faced a potential life sentence if convicted. By pleading guilty instead to raising money to fund terrorism abroad, a lesser charge, they face a maximum sentence of 14 years.

After their April arrests the brothers also were charged with possessing a manual titled "44 Ways to Support Jihad" written by senior al-Qaida recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed last year by a U.S. drone attack in Yemen.

That charge also was set aside Tuesday.