Tue June 19, 2012
Former St. Louis airport cab driver sentenced to over 13 years in terrorism case
A refugee from Somalia who worked as an airport cab driver in St. Louis has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for providing money to a terrorist organization in Somalia.
The sentence for 31-year-old Mohamud Abdi Yusuf was handed down today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. He pleaded guilty in November, admitting that he raised nearly $6,000 for al-Shabab, which was trying to overthrow the provisional government in Somalia.
The U.S. government named al-Shabab a terrorist organization in 2008. The case was the first post-Sept. 11, 2001, international terrorism case heard in federal court in St. Louis.
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