Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte pleaded guilty in March 2011 for conspiring to join al-Shabab, a terror group affiliated with al Qaeda.
The trial of a Somali citizen arrested by the U.S. on terrorism charges is being used as a test in how the Obama administration handles such cases.
Long Island Rep. Peter King says Wednesday’s hearing, the third of its kind, is focused on an organization which has been recruiting American citizens of Somali descent in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 21, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, accepted a plea deal, admitting they wanted to try to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.
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