Jury resumes deliberating al-Shabab funding case

Waiting for a verdict
A group of women wait outside federal court in Minneapolis on Monday, Oct. 17, as a jury deliberates the fate of two Rochester women accused of providing support for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.
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Jury deliberations resume Tuesday in the trial of two Minnesota women accused of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia.

Jurors began deliberating Monday in the case of 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan.

Prosecutors accuse the women of being part of a "deadly pipeline" that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.

Defense attorneys portray their clients as humanitarians who wanted to help the poor in their war-torn homeland and tried to help those who were protecting Somalia from the Ethiopian army, which many saw as invaders.

Both women face one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali faces 12 counts of providing such support and Hassan faces two counts of lying to the FBI.

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