MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The verdict is in. Three young Minnesota men accused of attempting to join ISIS in Syria were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar were each convicted on the most serious charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a terror group and conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States.
Farah and Daud were also charged with perjury, but Daud was found not guilty on that charge. Omar was also charged with attempted financial aid fraud, alleging that he took out a college loan for no other reason than to fund travel to Syria. He was found guilty of that charge.
Federal prosecutors built their case on multiple days of testimony from a friend of the recruits who became a paid FBI informant. Testimony revealed the informant was paid $119,000.
Defense attorney Glenn Bruder attacked the credibility of the informant, who admitted his own intentions and attempts to travel to Syria. Bruder told the jury the informant had “119,000 reasons to lie to you -- that’s what the government paid him for his assistance.”
Status of Minnesota’s 10 young ISIS suspects
Zacharia Abdurahman – guilty plea in Sept. 2015, awaiting sentencing
Hamza Ahmed – guilty plea in April 2016
Abdirahman Daud – convicted in federal court in June 2016, awaiting sentencing
Adnan Farah – guilty plea in April 2016, awaiting sentencing
Mohamed Farah – convicted in federal court in June 2016, awaiting sentencing
Hanad Musse – guilty plea in Sept. 2015, awaiting sentencing
Abdi Nur – at-large, believed to be with ISIS in Syria
Guled Omar – convicted in federal court in June 2016, awaiting sentencing
Abdirizak Warsame – guilty plea in Feb. 2016, awaiting sentencing
Abdullahi Yusuf – guilty plea in Feb. 2015, awaiting sentencing