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Terror suspect convicted

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Oct 19, 2012 at 6:08 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KNSI) A Minneapolis man accused of helping send young men through a terrorist pipeline from Minnesota to Somalia was convicted Thursday on all five terrorism-related charges he faced, including one that could land him in prison for life. \

The jury returned its verdict against Mahamud Said Omar after deliberating for about eight hours over two days.

Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis did not set a sentencing date.

Omar nodded quietly as an interpreter gave him the bad news. As he was being led from the courtroom, he held up his hands and smiled at his brothers and other supporters of his in the courtroom gallery.

One of his defense attorneys, Jon Hopeman, said outside of court afterward that Omar will appeal the verdict.

He said he plans to scrutinize secretly recorded wiretaps of conversations involving Omar that weren't made available to the defense team.

Omar was the first man to stand trial in the government's investigation into what it says was the recruitment of more than 20 men who have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terrorist group linked to al-Qaida that's blamed for much of the violence that has plagued the East African country.

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