US: A Somali man pleads guilty to supporting militant group
Court documents state Mohamud Abdi Yusuf conspired with others between February 2008 and July 2009 to provide money to Alshabab.
Yusuf admitted to soliciting money and transferring it to Alshabab under false names and telephone numbers through money remitting businesses in the United States.
Kenya resident Duale Mohamed Diriye, and Abdi Mahdi Hussein, who worked for a money remitting agency in Minneapolis, were also indicted with Yusuf on October 21, 2010.
Yusuf pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, and three counts of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization.
He faces up to fifteen years in prison for each count, and/or fines up to $250,000.
Yusuf’s arrest on Nov. 1 of last year stirred anger in the city’s Somali community, and had some accusing authorities of strong-arm tactics.
A Post-Dispatch report outlined how that same day FBI agents singled out several dozen Somali cab-drivers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for questioning, seeking to copy their cell phone memory cards and to examine their personal computers.