Defense: Fraction of calls played in terror case

October 13, 2011 - 5:15 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A defense attorney for one of two women accused of funneling money to al-Shabab in Somalia has suggested prosecutors cherry-picked a fraction of conversations from hundreds of hours of wiretaps.

The comments came Thursday during cross-examination of a government witness in the case against Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan. Ali's attorney Dan Scott noted that in one recording, jurors heard only 41 seconds of a 20-minute call.

Some local Somalis watching the trial say that's unfair and doesn't show what the women were doing. The women claim they raised money for charity.

Both are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali faces 12 counts of providing such support, while Hassan faces two counts of lying to the FBI.