Jury deliberations expected soon in Islamic State case

Published 10:07 am Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Jury deliberations are expected to begin soon in the federal trial of three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

The attorney for 21-year-old Guled Ali Omar gives his closing argument Wednesday. Defense attorneys for 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud and 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah told jurors Tuesday that their clients were not part of a conspiracy.

A federal prosecutor argued the three defendants were intent in their efforts to join the Islamic State group in Syria and knew they would be killing people once they got there.

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The three have pleaded not guilty to several charges. The most serious is conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States, which carries the possibility of life in prison.