Trial set for February for 7 Minnesota men in terror case

Published 10:01 am Thursday, September 3, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Seven Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group are scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 16, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

They have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and other counts. Prosecutors allege the men, friends in Minnesota’s Somali community, began meeting last year to talk about ways to get to Syria. Prosecutors say some discussed a desire to become martyrs, and some made repeated attempts to leave the U.S. after initial efforts were thwarted.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis heard arguments on several pretrial motions Wednesday and ruled that the men would go on trial together.

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