Court gives suspended sentences to 4 for financing Somali militants; Finland’s 1st terror case


Associated Press

HELSINKI – In Finland’s first court case where terror charges have been filed, three men and one woman have been given suspended sentences for collecting a small amount of money for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia

The Helsinki District Court said Friday the defendants collected a total of 3,200 euros ($3,900) to fund terrorist activities by the al-Shabab group in 2008-2011.

Three of them were given five-month suspended sentences. The fourth one, considered the organizer of the group, was given a suspended sentence of 16 months for recruiting members to al-Shabab, which is trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia. He was also sentenced for attempting to take children from Finland to a training camp of the militant group.

All the defendants are of Somali descent living in Finland.