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Finland sentences four for funding Al-Shabaab

Saturday December 20 2014

Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab recruits walk down a street on March 5, 2012 in the Deniile district of Mogadishu, Somalia, following their graduation. A Finnish court has handed suspended jail terms to four men for financing the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab rebels, in the Nordic country’s first terrorism funding trial.  PHOTO | FILE |

Al-Shabaab fighters. The Somalia-based rag-tag militia has been wreaking havoc in Lamu from its hideouts in the vast and dense Boni Forest. PHOTO | FILE |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

HELSINKI, Saturday

A Finnish court has handed suspended jail terms to four men for financing Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab rebels, in the Nordic country’s first terrorism funding trial.

The court said the four sent around US$3,700 between 2008 and 2011 to the group, which has been staging a bloody insurgency to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government and has staged attacks in neighbouring Kenya as well.

Three of them received a five-month prison sentence.

The fourth man, who had already been imprisoned for seven months during the investigation, received a suspended prison sentence of one year and four months. He was also charged with recruiting insurgents.

The four, whose nationalities were not revealed by the court, denied all charges and said they had sent the money “to help poor Somalis”.

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Al-Shabaab was blamed for an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall in neighbouring Kenya in 2013 in which at least 67 people died.

GODANE WAS KILLED

Its leader Ahmed Godane was killed in a US air strike in September, sparking a retaliatory attack against the African Union force in the country (Amisom).

More than 10,000 Somalis live in Finland, almost all of whom fled the civil strife that has wracked the country since the 1990s.