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Three Men Appear in Court in Mysterious Terror Case

New York Times – by Mosi Secret

Three men appeared in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday on charges that they had trained to be suicide bombers with a Somali terrorist group.

The defendants, Ali Yasin Ahmed, 27, Mahdi Hashi, 23, and Mohamed Yusuf, 29, were arrested in August by authorities in Africa while going to Yemen. They are accused of participating in weapons and explosives training with Al Shabab, a United States-designated terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda, during a four-year period beginning in 2008. Court documents show no connection between the alleged crimes and the United States.

Much of the case is shrouded in mystery. For four months, the case remained under seal, and the court documents unsealed on Friday contained little elaboration on the crimes or any indication of why the case was brought in New York. Even the nationalities of the men were unclear. They appeared in court with the aid of a Swedish interpreter.

The case is not the first brought in New York involving foreigners accused of acts of terrorism abroad. In June, an Eritrean man, Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Manhattan to conspiring to support Al Shabab. More than 30 defendants have been prosecuted in this country for supporting the group.

Al Shabab is known for a strict Islamist ideology calling for amputations and public stonings for violations of Islamic law.

American prosecutors have said the group worked closely with Al Qaeda in Yemen and Pakistan, harboring terrorists wanted for bombings of United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

In a statement, Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said, “We will use every tool at our disposal to combat terrorist groups, deter terrorist activity and incapacitate individual terrorists.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/nyregion/3-men-accused-of-training-with-al-shabab-appear-in-new-york-court.html

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3 Responses to Three Men Appear in Court in Mysterious Terror Case

  1. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “They are accused of participating in weapons and explosives training with Al Shabab, a United States-designated terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda, during a four-year period beginning in 2008.”

    Likely baseless accusations.

    “Court documents show no connection between the alleged crimes and the United States.”

    That couldn’t possibly be because there is no connection, could it?

    “American prosecutors have said the group worked closely with Al Qaeda in Yemen and Pakistan,…..”

    Wouldn’t that designate them as “friendly terrorists”, just as CIAl-Qaeda now are?

    I believe that’s your typical double standard.

    Bogus, I’m thinkin’.

  2. PJ London says:

    What the heck!
    “(They) were arrested in August by authorities in Africa ”
    ” Even the nationalities of the men were unclear. They appeared in court with the aid of a Swedish interpreter.”
    What has this to do with USA? Is Guantanamo running out of torture victims? Are your prisons too empty? Did they refuse to join the FSA?
    (They hate us for our freedoms)

  3. PJ London says:

    Additional information, They were a UK citizen and 2 Swedish citizens, arrested in Somalia.
    I am amazed that they appeared in a court, and weren’t just “disappeared” into Bhagram or Guantanamo.
    America demands immunity from the ICC for actual crimes which their citizens commit, but charges others in an American court, before any crime has been committed.
    Justice, American style.

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