A Kenyan man caught by FBI in counter-terrorism operation was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Mohamed Hussein Said was charged on Friday 28th August 2015 for supplying thousands of dollars to U.S. designated organizations linked to Al Qaida terrorist group.
Prosecutor Rick Del Toro argued that Said has caused enough harm by raising $11,000 for an Al Qaida affiliate group, the Al Shabaab.
The money was believed were able to contact their leaders and also recruited fighters for the group’s terrorist missions.
The insurgents committed murder to innocent women and children when they killed 63 people at a Nairobi shopping mall in September 2013 attack.
Said used the internet to reach out to an FBI undercover employee in the United States to support terrorist’s activities and provided financial support to Al Shabaab through his contacts with its members.
In the undercover operation, a Miami-based FBI employee posed as a brother and a sister who supported Al Qaida as a way to start communication in an Internet chat room with Mohammed and Said overseas, according to an indictment.
The men were accused of plotting to finance the terrorist group’s battles in Syria and Somalia.
Mohammed, 31, eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Ursula Ungaro to the maximum 15 years in prison.