Kenyan jailed in the US for aiding terrorists

August 29, 2015 10:17 am
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 The 27-year-old, Mohamed Hussain Said, is also accused of supporting Al-Nusra Front and the Somalia based terror group Al-Shabaab.

The 27-year-old, Mohamed Hussain Said, is also accused of supporting Al-Nusra Front and the Somalia based terror group Al-Shabaab.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – A Kenyan has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in Florida, USA for conspiring to support Al-Qaeda, and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia.

The 27-year-old, Mohamed Hussain Said, is also accused of supporting Al-Nusra Front and the Somalia based terror group Al-Shabaab.

The ruling was made on Friday after he pleaded guilty in May to receiving wire transfers from a co-conspirator destined for Al Shabaab and recruited experienced Shabaab fighters to fight in Syria.

US prosecutors said he also tried to recruit others for attacks inside the United States.

This was part of a series of rulings involving terror suspects.

Still in US, a tech-savvy teenager from Virginia was sentenced to 11 years and four months in prison on Friday for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State extremist group.

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, from the small town of Manassas an hour’s drive from Washington DC, will be subject to a lifetime of supervised release and monitoring of his Internet activities.

He is thought to be the first minor convicted in the United States of providing material aid to the extremist group, which has declared a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Amin, a prolific Twitter user, who sent more than 7,000 messages on the site in support of IS, pleaded guilty in June.

Under the Twitter handle @Amreekiwitness, he is said to have provided IS supporters with instructions on using the virtual currency Bitcoin to conceal financial donations to the radical Islamist group and the best way to encrypt their online exchanges.

He also offered guidance to sympathizers seeking to travel to Syria to fight with IS, including another Virginia teen, Reza Niknejad, who traveled to Syria to join IS in January.

On Thursday, another man was arrested in Arizona and charged with providing material support to IS for allegedly helping a New York college student travel to Syria to train for jihad.

The head of the FBI, James Comey, told lawmakers last month that upwards of 200 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to join IS.

Amin’s lawyer, Joseph Flood, had described his client as a stellar student from a good family who was outraged by rights abuses under Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

When Amin pleaded guilty, Flood said he was the first minor convicted in the United States of providing material aid to IS.

Niknejad, 18, was charged in June with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to provide material support to IS and conspiring to kill and injure people abroad.

On Thursday, another man was arrested in Arizona and charged with providing material support to IS for allegedly helping a New York college student travel to Syria to train for jihad.

The head of the FBI, James Comey, told lawmakers last month that upwards of 200 Americans have traveled or attempted to travel to Syria to join IS.

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