2 women convicted of raising money online for Shabaab

2016-10-26 12:09
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Alexandria - Two women who helped raise several thousand dollars for the Somali militant group al-Shabaab have been convicted of providing support to a terrorist organisation.

Federal judge Anthony Trenga found the women — Hinda Osman Dhirane, of Kent, Washington, and Muna Osman Jama of Reston — guilty on most of the charges they faced at a hearing Tuesday in Alexandria.

The women waived their right to a jury trial.

Prosecutors say the women used an online chat room to round up small contributions on behalf of Al-Shabab.

The women did not deny they were al-Shabaab supporters. But they argued that the money they raised didn't go directly to al-Shabaab.

The women could face sentences of 15 years or more when they are sentenced in January.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  somalia  |  east africa

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