Minn. jury resumes weighing terror funding case

By AMY FORLITI | October 21, 2011 | 8:25 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors have resumed deliberations in the trial of two Minnesota women accused of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group in Somalia.

The panel is weighing the case of 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali (ah-MEE'-nuh FEHR'-uh ah-LEE') and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan (HAH'-woh moh-HAH'-mehd hah-SAHN').

Prosecutors say the two were part of a "deadly pipeline" that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.

Defense attorneys portray them as humanitarians who wanted to help the poor in their war-torn homeland and tried to aid those protecting Somalia from the Ethiopian army, which many saw as invaders.

The women, both U.S. citizens of Somali descent, were among 20 people charged in federal investigations into recruiting and financing for al-Shabab, which the U.S. considers a terror group with ties to al-Qaida.