The United States Attorney in the District of Minnesota Todd Jones urged Somali community members who are sending donations (zakat) during this month of Ramadaan to make sure that the organizations they are sending money to are not in the list of organizations prohibited by the United States.
Among 14 people indicted for supporting Al-Shabab earlier this month are two women who are being accused for raising funds to a terrorist organization. The women deny the charges.
Mr. Jones encouraged the community to send donations but to organizations that are not currently on the list. Asked on potential implications for individuals making donations if organizations not listed become targets few years later, Mr. Jones said, “We would under the criminal law be precluded prosecuting anyone for that down the road.
Also, Ralph Boelter, Special Agent in Charge in the Minneapolis Division of the FBI, answer to questions regarding community relations and potential threat by the Somali Americans who joined Al-Shabab.
Interview is in HouseShared/Tuesday. Interview by Harun Maruf.