Defense probes traveler testimony in Somali trial

4:43 PM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Defense attorneys for a Minnesota man accused of helping to send fighters and money to a terror group in Somalia are working to raise doubts about a key prosecution witness.

Abdifatah Yusuf Isse Isse is testifying against Mahamud Said Omar, who faces five terror-related counts in a federal trial in Minneapolis.

Isse himself was among the men who left for Somalia in 2007 to join al-Shabab, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group. It's at the center of much of the violence in Somalia.

Isse says he saw Omar give $500 in pocket cash to one recruit.

But Omar's attorneys are noting that Isse's plea bargain in his own case requires he provide substantial assistance to prosecutors. They're also trying to show that other men were recruiting.

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