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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Somali twins plead guilty to UK fundraising for Somalia terrorism, to be sentenced Wednesday

Two Somali identical twins living in London have pleaded guilty to raising funds to support terrorism in their war-torn homeland.

The 25-year-old brothers, Mohammed Shabir Ali and Mohammed Shafiq Ali, accepted a plea-bargain deal Tuesday and will be sentenced Wednesday.

They were originally charged with assisting others to commit acts of terror abroad and faced a potential life sentence if convicted. By pleading guilty instead to raising money to fund terrorism abroad, a lesser charge, they face a maximum sentence of 14 years.

After their April arrests the brothers also were charged with possessing a manual titled “44 Ways to Support Jihad” written by senior al-Qaida recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed last year by a U.S. drone attack in Yemen.

That charge also was set aside Tuesday.

Source: The Associated Press

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