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Closing arguments under way in Minn. terror trial


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Closing arguments are under way in the trial of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terror group in Somalia.

Prosecutor Steven Ward said Monday that 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan knew it was illegal to send money to al-Shabab, but conspired to do it anyway.

Dan Scott, Ali's attorney, says evidence shows Ali was giving money to fighters in Somalia and their families, but she did it for Islam -- and before the U.S. declared al-Shabab a terror group in February 2008.

Both women face one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali faces 12 counts of providing such support and Hassan faces two counts of lying to the FBI.

Hassan's attorney delivers closing arguments Monday afternoon.

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