Families of al-Shabab fighters are now testifying in the trial of a man accused of helping men from Minneapolis return to Somalia in order to fight with that terrorist organizations, the Minnesota Daily reported Thursday.
Prosecutors have begun using family stories to establish a solid case against Mahamud Said Omar, who is accused of organizing and helping fund the men's trip back to Somolia to fight. Omar faces five terror-related counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to CBS. He is pleading not guilty.
Since 2007, more than 20 Minnesota men left Minnesota for Somalia to fight with al-Shabab, a terror group linked to al-Qaida, according to prosecutors.
The court heard testimony from the family members of three of these young men. The mother of one of these men tearfully testified, turning away as prosecutors showed a picture of her son with a bullet in his head.
Omar, 46, argues that he isn't capable of organizing or funding the men's involvement.