2 Minnesotans won’t be evaluated by de-radicalization expert

Published 10:21 am Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge has denied a motion by two Minnesota men convicted of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group who wanted to be evaluated by a German de-radicalization expert.

Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar face possible life sentences after being found guilty by a jury last month. The expert’s de-radicalization program was offered to six other defendants who earlier pleaded guilty to conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, who pioneered use of the program, denied Daud’s and Omar’s motions on Tuesday.

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