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Case of 3 Somali youth entrapped by FBI goes to all-white jury

By Mick Kelly |
June 2, 2016
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Families and supporters of 3 Somali youth rally in front of Federal Courthouse
Families and supporters of 3 Somali youth rally in front of Federal Courthouse June 1 (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis, MN – The case of the three Somali American young men, Guled Omar, Abdirahman Daud and Mohamad Farah, went to the all-white jury June 1, after final arguments and reading of jury instructions. The youth are facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, material support for terrorism and other charges, which could bring life in prison.

In closing arguments defense attorneys demolished the government’s case, pointing out that key government witnesses stood to get substantially less jail time if they helped get convictions of the young men entrapped by the FBI.

The three young men are facing an uphill fight due to the fact that some of the laws they are being accused of violating, such as the material support for terrorism statutes, criminalize speech and are extremely broad.

After court, family, friends and supporters rallied in support of the young men in front of the federal courthouse.

 

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