Defendant in Minn. Terror Case in Custody
A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty last year to helping young Somalis return to their homeland to fight with al-Shabab has been arrested on an alleged probation violation.
Omer Abdi Mohamed had been free pending sentencing in the government's investigation into the travels of more than 20 young men who authorities say left Minnesota to join the al-Qaida-linked group.
Mohamed has said he was never a terrorist.
He was arrested Friday, accused of lying to probation officers about his employment. His attorney, Peter Wold, says he's sorting out the issue.
Mohamed's arrest comes after a related trial in which government witnesses testified Mohamed used the Quran to persuade travelers to fight in Somalia. Wold said he hadn't heard that claim against his client before, and wondered where it came from.
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