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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 08:54 AM

Four Somali immigrants convicted of supporting militants

Source: Reuters

Four Somali immigrants convicted of supporting militants

Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:37pm EST

(Reuters) - Four Somali immigrants, including a popular imam at a San Diego-area mosque, were convicted by a U.S. federal jury on Friday of conspiring to provide material support to an al Qaeda-linked Islamist militia in the Horn of Africa nation.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California said that the men - the imam, two cab drivers and an employee at a money transmitting business - had conspired to raise and send money to Somali al Shabaab rebels.

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According to the evidence presented at trial, the men conspired to transfer funds from San Diego to Somalia through the Shidaal Express, a now-defunct money transmitting business in San Diego.

The U.S. Attorney's office said the jury had listened to intercepted phone conversations between one of the men, San Diego cab driver Basaaly Saeed Moalin, and an al Shabaab leader who was later killed in a U.S. airstrike.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/23/us-usa-somalia-militants-idUSBRE91M04620130223

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