December 27, 2012
San Diego Woman Gets 8 Years for Funding Terror
San Diego? WWRBT? (What Would Ron Burgundy Think?):
Nima Yusuf, 25, received a custodial sentence of eight years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to provide material support to al Shabaab, a foreign terrorist organization, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today.Oh yeah, something about no homegrown terror problem comes to mind.
As part of her guilty plea, Yusuf admitted that she conspired with Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, Abdisalan Hussein Ali, Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax, and Abdiweli Yassin Isse to provide material support to al Shabaab in the form of money and personnel to work under the direction and control of al Shabaab. Yusuf pleaded guilty in December 2011 and has been in custody since her arrest in November 2010.
Yusuf admitted to sending approximately $1,450 to these men, who were then fighting in Somalia for al Shabaab, and to lying to federal agents about her financial support for these fighters. According to court documents, Yusuf also tried to help Faraax recruit a local man to go and fight for al Shabaab. According to these documents, Yusuf understood and supported al Shabaab’s military efforts. When Faraax told Yusuf in an April 2010 phone call that al Shabaab had completed a successful “martyrdom operation” in which Burundian peacekeeping troops were killed, Yusuf responded, “Oh my God. God is great. Wonderful. I swear to God, you told me something to be happy about.”