ST. LOUIS (CN) – A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to federal charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, 31, admitted he conspired to provide money to al-Shabaab from February 2008 through at July 2009.
Prosecutors accused Yusuf of sending money to al-Shabaab, a Somalian militia, using fake names and telephone numbers, through money-remitting businesses in the United States.
Al-Shabaab is trying to overthrow Somalia’s government and impose Shari’a law. It controls large parts of southern Somalia, where it has imposed Shari’a. It uses violence, intimidation and terrorism and has been credibly accused of having links to al Qaeda.
Duane Mohamed Diriye, of Kenya, and Abdi Mahdi Hussein, of Minneapolis, were indicted along with Yusuf on Oct. 21, 2010. Diriye remains at large. Hussein has appeared in court; his case is pending.
Yusuf pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and three counts of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. Each count is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.