Thursday, July 9, 2009

Al Qaeda Supporter Sentenced

A 35-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced today in federal court on one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda.

U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim sentenced Mohammed Abdullah Warsame to 92 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Warsame, a naturalized Canadian citizen of Somali descent, was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and three counts of making false statements to the FBI. Warsame pleaded guilty to the material support count and, in return, the government dropped the remaining charges.

Warsame admitted that from 2000 through at least 2003 he, along with others, provided the terrorist organization personnel, training and money. During that time he attended several al Qaeda training camps, fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan and met with Osama bin Laden who he described as "very inspirational." He was also assigned to guard an al Qaeda guesthouse in Afghanistan where he met such notorious terrorism figures as Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid.

Court records indicate that after his relocation to Minneapolis he remained in contact with and provided information to other al Qaeda operatives.

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