Man who left to join al-Shabab released from Rochester prison (updated)
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A man who left Minnesota to join the terrorist group al-Shabab will soon be released from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester.
Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 31, will complete a three-year sentence on Thursday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' website.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota says Isse, who is not a U.S. citizen, will be transferred into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed into removal proceedings, notes the AP.
Isse would like to live in Seattle with his famly, his lawyer says. If the government allows Isse to remain in the country, he would be placed under a supervised release program for the next 20 years.
Isse pleaded guilty in 2008 to one count of providing material support to a terrorist group. He received a reduced sentence for cooperating with U.S. authorities and testifying at the trial of Mahamud Said Omar.
As part of the plea agreement, Isse admitted that in 2007 he met other men at a Minneapolis mosque to conspire to provide money and people to fight in Somalia. He then traveled to Somalia where he briefly trained with al-Shabaab, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Isse was charged as part of a federal investigation into the disappearance of about 20 young ethnic Somali men from the Twin Cities. Authorities say the men started leaving in 2007, when small groups of local Somalis began holding secret meetings to talk about returning to their homeland to wage jihad against Ethiopians
Two Rochester women were also charged in the FBI's investigation for their roles in funneling money to al-Shabaab.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently selected the Twin Cities as one of three locations that will test out a pilot program to prevent gang and terror recruitment.
(Cover photo: Abdifatah Yusuf Isse)