SAN DIEGO (CN) – Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment accusing three San Diego resident of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Prosecutors say Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud aka Mohamed Khadar and Issa Doreh conspired to send money to al-Shabaab, a Somali militia designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization.
Moalin was arrested at the San Diego International Airport on Oct. 31. Mohamud and Doreh were arrested the next day in San Diego.
In announcing the arrests, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement that in late 2007 and 2008: “Moalin was in direct telephone contact with Aden Hashi Ayrow, who was a prominent military leader of al-Shabaab. Ayrow requested money from Moalin, who then coordinated the fund-raising efforts and money transfers with Mohamud and Doreh. According to the indictment, Moalin also provided a house in Somalia, knowing the house would be used in preparation for, and to carry out, a conspiracy to kill persons in a foreign country. The indictment alleges that, after Ayrow’s death on May 1, 2008, the conspirators continued to transfer money from San Diego to Somalia to fund terrorist activities.”
Moalin, 33, Mohamud, 38, and Doreh, 54, could face up to life in prison if convicted.